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Criticism of Middle Romanticism by Paul de Man

2015-1-19 (Mon) 16:20 - 17:50

This seminar will introduce The Rhetoric of Temporality (1969) by Paul de Man and discuss the significance of the book. Paul de Man, a proponent of the critical theory known as deconstruction, had a great impact on research regarding English literature and literary studies in the U.S. from the 1970s through 1980s. The book already showed a sign of his idea of deconstruction.

Before he emerged, in criticism of poems, especially in new criticism, ambiguity of language was regarded as the poem's organic integration and expression of affluence. He critically accepted the tendency and, in his The Rhetoric of Temporality, he raised the issue of 'temptation of looking for metaphysical origin and organic totality in romanticism and resisting such temptation' by discussing texts of romantic literature starting from the late 18th century from a metaphysical aspect, especially from tropes such as symbols, allegory, and irony.
The dynamism of urge for totality and relinquishment was elaborated as the issue of possibilities of reading of literature and all linguistic expressions and led to his criticism of aesthetic ideology in his later years. That's why the dynamism of urge for totality and relinquishment is inevitable when discussing his deconstruction.
We will overview the above, and if time permits, we'd like to discuss how these points are related to our society as well.


Texts for reference

  • ‘The Rhetoric of Temporality,’ Blindness and Insight: Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism, Paul de Man, 2nd ed., U of Minnesota P, 1983, pp. 187-228.
  • Aesthetic Ideology, Paul de Man, Heibonsha Limitd, publishers, 2014
  • Developing Studies of Literary, KITANI Itsuki, 2014, Chapters 5, 10
Date: 2015-1-19 (Mon) 16:20 - 17:50
Venue: Large Conference Room, 2F, Bldg. A, Graduate School of Language and Culture
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: KOGUCHI Ichiro
ikoguchi@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp

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