Serenity in Crisis: A Preface to Paul de Man, 1939-1960 Ortwin De Graef

ISBN: 9780803216945

Published: January 1st 1993

Hardcover

242 pages


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Serenity in Crisis: A Preface to Paul de Man, 1939-1960  by  Ortwin De Graef

Serenity in Crisis: A Preface to Paul de Man, 1939-1960 by Ortwin De Graef
January 1st 1993 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 242 pages | ISBN: 9780803216945 | 4.41 Mb

A polymath well versed in European literature and philosophy, one of the founders of deconstruction, and a widely respected teacher, Paul de Man brought unprecedented attention and acclaim to the so-called Yale Critics. His fame was at a zenith whenMoreA polymath well versed in European literature and philosophy, one of the founders of deconstruction, and a widely respected teacher, Paul de Man brought unprecedented attention and acclaim to the so-called Yale Critics. His fame was at a zenith when he died suddenly in 1983.

A few years later, Ortwin de Graef found the de Man had written for the collaborationist press during the Nazi occupation, a discovery that ignited an international reassessment of de Mans work.Serenity in Crisis is the first sustained account of the complex, intertextual tradition in which de Man wrote and of the persistent concerns expressed in his early work. It reconstructs the truth-models with which de Man justified his political choice before and during the occupation and traces them back to an ambitious intention to integrate the competing truths of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and literature.

The significance of de Mans ideational framework and the decisions that followed from it have extended well beyond the disasters of World War II. De Graef clearly illuminates and critiques the abstruse paths of logic in de Mans early writings as well as in the reformulations of de Mans thought expressed in his writings of the 1950s.



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