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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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Introduction to Studies in Romanticism (1979)

Introduction to Studies in Romanticism (1979)

(p.126) 10 Introduction to Studies in Romanticism (1979)
The Paul De Man Notebooks

Martin McQuillan

Edinburgh University Press

In this introduction to Studies in Romanticism (1979), Paul de Man talks about the papers that make up the journal. According to de Man, the essays collected in Studies in Romanticism come as close as one can come to the format of what is referred to, in Germany, as an Arbeitsgruppe, an ongoing seminar oriented toward open research rather than directed by a single authoritative voice. Some of the papers originated in a year-long seminar sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities conducted at Yale during the academic year of 1977–1978. It was entitled ‘The Rhetoric of Romanticism’. In these papers, techniques of rhetorical analysis, as opposed to thematic analysis, are used with remarkable ease. Tropes are taken apart with such casual elegance that the exegeses can traverse the entire field of tropological reversals and displacements with a virtuosity that borders on parody.

Keywords:   rhetorical analysis, thematic analysis, Studies in Romanticism, Paul de Man, Arbeitsgruppe, National Endowment for the Humanities, Romanticism

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