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The Paul de Man Notebooks

Paul de Man
Edited by Martin McQuillan

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Opens up de Man’s archive of notebooks, critical texts and papers for the first time

This anthology collects 36 texts and papers from the Paul de Man archive, including essays on art and literature, translations, critical fragments, research plans, interviews and reports on the state of comparative literature. Divided into 4 sections – Texts, Translations, Teaching and Research – these materials offer a fascinating insight into the work of one of the 20th century's most important literary theorists. The volume also engages with Paul de Man's institutional life, gathering together pedagogical and critical material to investigate his profound influence on the American academy and theory today. It contains a number of substantial, previously unpublished and un-translated texts by de Man from the span of his writing career. Accompanied by the Editor’s insightful introduction and an extensive bibliography, this new collection of primary sources further enables the growing reappraisal of de Man's work.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Series Editor’s Preface
Introduction: ‘The Unimaginable Touch of Time’: the public and private in the Paul de Man notebooks, Martin McQuillan
Texts
1. The Drawings of Paul Valery (1948)
2. Jacques Villon (1952)
3. Graduate essay on Keats (1954)
4. Post-doctoral essay on Symbolism (c1960)
5. Introduction to Madame Bovary (1965)
6. Introduction to The Portable Rousseau (1973)
7. On Reading Rousseau (1977)
8. Translator’s introduction to ‘Rousseau and English Romanticism’
9. Rousseau and English Romanticism (1978)
10. Introduction to Studies in Romanticism (1979)
11. Homage à Georges Poulet (1982)
12. A Letter from Paul de Man (1982)
13. Reply to Raymond Geuss (1983)
14. Interview with Robert Moynihan (1984)
Translations
1. Martin Heidegger, ‘Hölderlin and the Essence of Poetry’ (1959)
2. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, ‘Essay on the Origin of Languages’ (c1973)
Teaching
1. Field of Comparative Literature: Analysis of Needs (1967)
2. The Comparative Program at Rutgers: a report
3. Comparative Literature 816a Reading List (1981)
4. Comparative Literature 816a Schedule (1981)
5. Comparative Literature 817a (1982)
6. Curriculum for Lit Z proposal
7. Literature Z Exercise 2
8. Rhetorical Readings (1980)
9. Director’s Report on Rhetorical Readings (1982)
10. Seminar on ‘Aesthetic Theory from Kant to Hegel’ (1982)
Research
1. The Unimaginable Touch of Time
2. Modernism in Literature: Background and Essay Selection
3. Modernism in Literature Contents Revised
4. Table of Contents The Portable Rousseau
5. Principles of Selection The Portable Rousseau
6. Outline for a monograph on Nietzsche
7. From Nietzsche to Rousseau
8. Allegories of Reading
9. Aesthetics, Rhetoric, Ideology
10. 11/3/82
Appendix: The Notebooks of Paul de Man 1963-1983
Bibliography
Index.

About the Author

Paul de Man (1919-83) was the Sterling Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Yale University. He is the author of some of the most important works of literary theory and deconstruction including Blindness and Insight, Allegories of Reading, The Rhetoric of Romanticism, and Aesthetic Ideology.

Martin McQuillan is Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Analysis at the London Graduate School and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London. His recent publications include Deconstruction After 9/11(London: Routledge, 2008) and Roland Barthes, or, The Profession of Cultural Studies (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

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