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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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Translator's Introduction to “Rousseau and English Romanticism” (1978)

Translator's Introduction to “Rousseau and English Romanticism” (1978)

(p.103) 8 Translator's Introduction to “Rousseau and English Romanticism” (1978)
The Paul De Man Notebooks

Patience Moll

Edinburgh University Press

This introduction to Paul de Man's essay ‘Rousseau and English Romanticism’ (1978), translated from the French Rousseau et le romantisme anglais, discusses significant variations within the manuscript. Rousseau et le romantisme anglais was presented by de Man at the University of Geneva on June 5, 1978, as the last in a series of eight guest lectures commemorating the bicentennial of the deaths of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire. The lecture is a shorter variant of what appeared as ‘Shelley Disfigured’ in the 1979 collection Deconstruction and Criticism. The most obvious differences between ‘Rousseau and English Romanticism’ and ‘Shelley Disfigured’ are the titles and framings of the close reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Triumph of Life. The differences between the framings are also echoed in the introduction to Allegories of Reading, described by de Man as a byproduct of a ‘serious’ study of Rousseau originally undertaken as part of ‘a historical reflection on Romanticism’.

Keywords:   Paul de Man, Rousseau and English Romanticism, Rousseau et le romantisme anglais, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Shelley Disfigured, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Triumph of Life, Allegories of Reading, English Romanticism

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