The Poetics of Space

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Thirty years since its first publication in English, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space remains one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.
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Overview

Thirty years since its first publication in English, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space remains one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.
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A magical book. . . . A prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics to carpentry take on enhanced-and enchanted-significances. Every reader of it will never see ordinary spaces in ordinary ways. Instead the reader will see with the soul of the eye, the glint of Gaston Bachelard. -from the foreword by John R. Stilgoe
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
French phenomenologist Bachelard's classic study of the psychological affects of domestic space. (Mar.)
Booknews
**** Reprint of the work originally published by Orion Press, 1964. BCL3 endorsed it; Beacon now presents it on acid-free paper with a new foreword by John R. Stilgoe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807064733
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 241
  • Sales rank: 244,714
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Gaston Bachelard (1884–1962) was the son of shoemakers who went on to have an illustrious academic career. He is credited with a renewal of emphasis on symbol and poetic meaning in architecture.

Mark Z. Danielewski is the bestselling author of several novels, including House of Leaves and the National Book Award Finalist Only Revolutions. He lives in New York City.

Richard Kearney is an author, a philosopher, and the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the 1994 Edition
Foreword to the 1964 Edition
Introduction
1 The House. From Cellar to Garret. The Significance of the Hut 3
2 House and Universe 38
3 Drawers, Chests and Wardrobes 74
4 Nests 90
5 Shells 105
6 Corners 136
7 Miniature 148
8 Intimate Immensity 183
9 The Dialectics of Outside and Inside 211
10 The Phenomenology of Roundness 232
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2004

    Reflection is all

    This work has a poetic kind of thinking that gives a special meaning to our ordinary experience. The world is more than we ordinarily think it to be. It is more than we ordinarily perceive. The world of our experience comes alive in wonder through our thought. Reflection is all.

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