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The Political Archive of Paul de Man: Property, Sovereignty and the Theotropic

Martin McQuillan


Taking de Man's recently published manuscript Textual Allegories as a point of departure, thirteen chapters here revisit de Man's account of Rousseau and what he calls a ‘Theotropic Allegory’ (the second-to-last step before ‘Political Allegory’, on the road towards a general theory of Textual Allegory). They frame de Man's readings of Rousseau in a ‘post-theoretical’ landscape concerned with political theology, occupied with the transformation of the western model of sovereignty, and faced with the apparent collapse of the capitalist global contract.

Keywords: Paul de Man, Textual Allegories, contemporary literary theory, Rousseau, Theotropic Allegory, political theology, sovereignty, capitalist global contract

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780748665617
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665617.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin McQuillan, editor

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