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Paul de Man and Martin McQuillan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641048

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.001.0001

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Rousseau and English Romanticism (1978)

Rousseau and English Romanticism (1978)

(p.107) 9 Rousseau and English Romanticism (1978)
The Paul De Man Notebooks

Patience Moll

Edinburgh University Press

In this 1978 essay, originally published in French and translated in English by Patience Moll, Paul de Man talks about Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the problem of his presence within English Romanticism, especially among the major poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, John Keats, and Percy Bysshe Shelley. According to de Man, this problem has been treated by traditional comparative literature as a simply historical question. The works that address the question are few, especially in the English and German realms, where the reading of Rousseau continues to come up against some very deeply entrenched prejudices. This essay offers a reading of Shelley's poem Triumph of Life and his decision to give the name of Rousseau to the process of disfiguration.

Keywords:   poets, Paul de Man, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Romanticism, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, English Romanticism, Triumph of Life, disfiguration

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