The Post-Romantic Predicament

Paul de Man
Edited by Martin McQuillan

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A collection of critical texts from Paul de Man's Harvard University years, published for the first time

These essays, brought together from the Paul de Man papers at the University of California (Irvine), make a significant contribution to the cultural history of deconstruction and the present state of literary theory. From 1955 to 1961, Paul de Man was Junior Fellow at Harvard University where he wrote a doctoral thesis entitled 'The Post-Romantic Predicament: a study in the poetry of Mallarmé and Yeats'. This dissertation is presented alongside his other texts from this period, including essays on Hölderlin, Keats and Stefan George.

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Series Editor's Preface
'No country for old men': Paul de Man and the Post-Romantic Predicament, Martin McQuillan
Paul de Man: Essays
1. Introduction to 'The Post-Romantic Predicament'
2. 'Mallarmé' (1960)
Part I Hérodiade
Part II Igitur
Part III Un coup de dés
3. 'Drama and History in Yeats' (1960)
4. 'Mallarmé, George and Yeats' (c.1959)
5. 'Stefan George and Stéphane Mallarmé' (1952)
6. 'Stefan George and Friedrich Hölderlin' (1954)
Appendix: Dissertation fragment on Stefan George (c.1955)
De Man's Bibliography to Chapters 2 and 3
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 director of the Institute for Creative Enterprise at Edge Hill University. He is a writer, filmmaker and literary theorist. His academic work includes the monographs Critical Practice: Philosophy and Creativity (2019), Deconstruction without Derrida (2014) and Deconstruction after 9/11 (2008). His prize-winning film work includes Hamlet Within (2023) and Oxi: An act of resistance with Ken McMullen (2015) and Love in the Post with Joanna Callaghan (2014).

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