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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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Rhetorical Readings

Rhetorical Readings

(p.253) 24 Rhetorical Readings
The Paul De Man Notebooks

Paul de Man

Edinburgh University Press

This 1980 text describes a seminar that Paul de Man taught in 1981 at Yale University. The seminar deals with a central problem in contemporary literary theory from a pedagogical, rather than from a purely theoretical, perspective. It investigates how an awareness of the rhetorical properties of language influences the modalities and expectations of our reading and, consequently, of the way in which the reading of literary works is taught to undergraduates. This pragmatic approach to rhetorical reading is based on the experience of an experimental course for Yale undergraduates taught for the last four years. The assigned readings consist, for the most part, of literary and philosophical primary texts rather than of contemporary works of literary theory. The tentative list includes (in the order of their appearance) texts by John Keats, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, William Butler Yeats, Blaise Pascal, Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist, Henry James, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, possibly Herman Melville or Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or Marcel Proust, Jacques Derrida, and Paul Ricoeur.

Keywords:   seminar, Paul de Man, Yale University, literary theory, rhetoric, language, rhetorical reading

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