Catalogue


On poetry and politics /
Jean Paulhan ; edited and with an introduction by Jennifer Bajorek and Eric Trudel ; translated from the French by Jennifer Bajorek, Charlotte Mandell, and Eric Trudel.
imprint
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2008.
description
xvi, 158 p.
ISBN
0252032802 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780252032806 (cloth : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2008.
isbn
0252032802 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780252032806 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6524323
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-01-01:
This volume collects Paulhan's major essays on language, literature, and politics written and published between 1913 and 1951, a significant span in French politics. To have all these gathered into one volume and translated, as a whole, into English for the first time is helpful. Paulhan works to demonstrate the difficulty of dividing thought from language in the way that spirit is divided from body, giving authority to spirit or thought. In "Rhetoric Rises from Its Ashes," he writes of "that other, purely moral, partisanship that rehearses the conflict of the body and the spirit and in the end demands the body's submission. Thus it is with language, that body of thought." Paulhan had significant impact on late contemporary literary criticism, including structuralism and deconstruction. The editors point to Michael Syrotinski's Defying Gravity: Jean Paulhan's Interventions in Twentieth-Century French Intellectual History (CH, Oct'98, 36-0847) for a discussion of Paulhan's influence on deconstruction and citations of Paulhan's work in Jacques Derrida and Paul de Man. Although interesting in their own right, these essays enhance the historical perspective on poststructuralist critical theory. They do, however, require background in literary theory and linguistics. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty/professionals. W. F. Williams Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A marvelous book. It exposes the unique, intriguing, and admirable work of Jean Paulhan. These translations will be invaluable to the growing number of scholars and students who have been entering into discussions of Paulhan's work and his world."--Ann Smock, translator ofMaurice Blanchot's The Writing of the Disaster
"One of the most powerful French writers of the past century. We learn more from one piece by Paulhan about the literature, culture, and politics of twentieth-century France than we learn from reading a whole shelf of books by his contemporaries." Richard A. Rand, editor of Futures: Of Jacques Derrida"A marvelous book. It exposes the unique, intriguing, and admirable work of Jean Paulhan. These translations will be invaluable to the growing number of scholars and students who have been entering into discussions of Paulhan's work and his world." Ann Smock, translator of Maurice Blanchot's The Writing of the Disaster"This praiseworthy, pungent, and thought-provoking translation will certainly interest those already familiar with Paulhan, and it will help those unfamiliar with him to situate Paulhan and his work within a broader cultural and historical context. An enjoyable work covering one of the most important figures in the French literary world and the most distinguished essayist of his time." Warren F. Motte Jr., author of Fables of the Novel: French Fiction since 1990
" On Poetry and Politics offers an excellent sample of [Paulhan's] essays in translations that combine accuracy and felicity."-- Contemporary French Civilization
"On Poetry and Politicsoffers an excellent sample of [Paulhan's] essays in translations that combine accuracy and felicity."--Contemporary French Civilization
“ On Poetry and Politics offers an excellent sample of [Paulhan’s] essays in translations that combine accuracy and felicity.”-- Contemporary French Civilization
"Paulhan had significant impact on late contemporary literary criticism, including structuralism and deconstruction. . . . These essays enhance the historical perspective on poststructuralist critical theory. . . . Recommended."-- Choice
"Paulhan had significant impact on late contemporary literary criticism, including structuralism and deconstruction. . . . These essays enhance the historical perspective on poststructuralist critical theory. . . . Recommended."--Choice
"This praiseworthy, pungent, and thought-provoking translation will certainly interest those already familiar with Paulhan, and it will help those unfamiliar with him to situate Paulhan and his work within a broader cultural and historical context. An enjoyable work covering one of the most important figures in the French literary world and the most distinguished essayist of his time."--Warren F. Motte Jr., author ofFables of the Novel: French Fiction since 1990
This item was reviewed in:
Choice, January 2009
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
As an editor and writer of fiction, Jean Paulhan was an influential figure in 20th-century French literature. This book deals with another aspect of his oeuvre, collecting together his major essays on literature, art, rhetoric and language.
Description for Bookstore
Jean Paulhan was a legendary editorial figure of twentieth-century French literature, assisting and publishing many of the most important writers of his lifetime. He was also the author of several volumes of fiction and numerous essays dealing with literature, art, rhetoric, and language. Yet he published his own work in a manner that deliberately kept it inconspicuous, or as Maurice Blanchot put it, "in the margins." A critics' critic, he gave his texts the same scrupulous attention he gave to others, and was recognized as a discreet master. But when he was sufficiently upset or angry, as he was when French politics endangered the intellectual freedom of French writers and writing, he published ferociously. This volume is the first English translation of these major essays, presenting in one book the development of his thinking on his most studied subject: how language works, or, to echo Blanchot again, how literature is possible. Much of contemporary literary theory finds its modern antecedents in Paulhan's essays. He reflected on large questions such as the philosophy and psychology of literature, while at the same time showing a concern for detail and aesthetic accomplishment. He constantly emphasized the act of reading as an activity and literature as the engagement and provocation of such activity. Beloved by writers because he took the problems of writing with the utmost seriousness, his own personal style was marked by self-effacement and irony.
Main Description
Jean Paulhan was a legendary editorial figure of twentieth-century French literature, assisting and publishing many of the most important writers of his lifetime. He was also the author of several volumes of fiction and numerous essays dealing with literature, art, rhetoric, and language. Yet he published his own work in a manner that deliberately kept it inconspicuous, or as Maurice Blanchot put it, "in the margins." A critics' critic, he gave his texts the same scrupulous attention he gave to others, and was recognized as a discreet master. But when he was sufficiently upset or angry, as he was when French politics endangered the intellectual freedom of French writers and writing, he published ferociously.This volume is the first English translation of these major essays, presenting in one book the development of his thinking on his most studied subject: how language works, or, to echo Blanchot again, how literature is possible. Much of contemporary literary theory finds its modern antecedents in Paulhan's essays. He reflected on large questions such as the philosophy and psychology of literature, while at the same time showing a concern for detail and aesthetic accomplishment. He constantly emphasized the act of reading as an activity and literature as the engagement and provocation of such activity. Beloved by writers because he took the problems of writing with the utmost seriousness, his own personal style was marked by self-effacement and irony.
Table of Contents
On poetry and proverbs
The experience of the proverbp. 3
Jacob Cow the Pirate, or if words are signsp. 28
Rhetoric rises from its ashesp. 44
Young lady with mirrorsp. 57
Key to poetryp. 70
On politics and resistance
Democracy calls on the first to come alongp. 103
The beep. 110
Letter on peacep. 113
Letters to the directors about Europep. 120
Letter to the directors of the resistancep. 130
Notesp. 145
Indexp. 153
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem