Romanticism & Contemporary Criticism: The Gauss Seminar & Other Papers

Romanticism & Contemporary Criticism: The Gauss Seminar & Other Papers

by Paul De Man
     
 

This volume assembles for the first time material written by Paul de Man between 1954 and 1981, including his previously unpublished Gauss Seminar lectures delivered at Princeton in 1967, three papers on romantic and postromantic issues, a commissioned essay on Roland Barthes, and two substantial responses to papers by Frank Kermode and Murray Krieger.

Overview

This volume assembles for the first time material written by Paul de Man between 1954 and 1981, including his previously unpublished Gauss Seminar lectures delivered at Princeton in 1967, three papers on romantic and postromantic issues, a commissioned essay on Roland Barthes, and two substantial responses to papers by Frank Kermode and Murray Krieger.

Romanticism and Contemporary Criticism represents de Man's reflections on some of the major texts of English, German, and French Romanticism and their reception in twentieth-century literary criticism and theory. The Gauss Seminar lectures in particular convey de Man's consideration of Romanticism as a distinct form of historical consciousness, and illuminate his conviction that this romantic historical consciousness had been a powerful influence on our own development of a historical identity. De Man had planned to use the Gauss lectures as a basis for a major historical study of Romanticism, but the volume was never completed and de Man eventually abandoned the project.

Drawn from four decades of de Man's career, these essays reflect the transition in the critic's work from the thematics and vocabulary of "consciousness" and "temporality" characteristic of his work in the 1960s, to the language-oriented concerns and terminology of his later writings.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
For de Man, the main problems and interpretive keys to romanticism lie in the distinction between self and author and the role of time and history in romantic thought. Written between 1954 and 1987, the essays included here discuss the romantics' imaginative project of art and use of language, focusing on Rousseau, Holderlin, Wordsworth, and Baudelaire. De Man has brilliant things to say about the history and function of romantic thought as a precursor to the modern world, and his close reading and wide knowledge of the romantics are evident. In addition, those looking for insight into the current controversy surrounding de Man's alleged ties with the Nazis will find that some of his comments have a seemingly autobiographical touch. Recommended for academic libraries and large literature collections in public libraries.-- Gene Shaw, NYPL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801844607
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1992
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Paul de Man was born in Belgium and taught at Cornell, Zurich, Johns Hopkins, and Yale before his death in 1983. His books include Blindness and Insight, allegories of Reading, The Rhetoric of Romanticism, The Resistance to Theory, Critical Writings 1953-1978, and Aesthetic Ideology. E. S. Burt is associate professor of French at the University of California, Irvine. Kevin Newmark teaches literature at Boston College. Andrzej Warminski is professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine.

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