The Graphic Unconscious in Early Modern French Writing

The Graphic Unconscious in Early Modern French Writing

by Tom Conley, Conley Tom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521032229

ISBN-13: 9780521032223

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book studies the importance of typographic shapes in French Renaissance literature in the context of psychoanalysis and of the history of printed writing. Focusing on the poetry of Clement Marot, Rabelais's Gargantua, Ronsard's sonnets, and the Essais of Montaigne, it argues that printed characters can either supplement or betray what they appear to articulate,…  See more details below

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This book studies the importance of typographic shapes in French Renaissance literature in the context of psychoanalysis and of the history of printed writing. Focusing on the poetry of Clement Marot, Rabelais's Gargantua, Ronsard's sonnets, and the Essais of Montaigne, it argues that printed characters can either supplement or betray what they appear to articulate, revealing compositional patterns that do not appear to be under authorial control, and fostering the elaboration of signs between their context and the reader or spectator. Professor Conley shows that graphic forms are crucial for the development of complex interactions of verbal and visual materials in the early years of print-culture. Marot and Rabelais articulate a religious programme through the letter; Ronsard conflates the arts in poetry of the French court in the middle years of the sixteenth century; Montaigne stages the birth of the self in print and inscribes political dimensions in the relationship between the letter and meaning. This unconscious, proto-Freudian writing has complex historical relations with verbal and visual practices in the media of the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521032223
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in French Series, #37
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1A secret space: Marot's Rondeaux17
2The Rabelaisian hieroglyph41
3Ronsard's sonnet-pictures70
4The turn of the letter: from Cassandre to Helene91
5Montaigne's test of style: De l'exercitation116
6A colossal abyss: Des coches135
Conclusion163
Notes169
Bibliography211
Index221

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