Allegories of Reading: Figurative Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke and Proust

Allegories of Reading: Figurative Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke and Proust

Paul de Man


'Through complicated and chic shut readings of poems via Rilke, Proust's Remembrance, Nietzsche's philosophical writings and the most important works of Rousseau, de guy concludes that every one writing issues itself with its personal task as language, and language, he says is often unreliable, slippery, impossible....Literary narrative, since it needs to depend upon language, tells the tale of its personal lack of ability to inform a story....De guy demonstrates, superbly and convincingly, that language turns again on itself, that rhetoric is untrustworthy.' Julia Epstein, Washington put up ebook international

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