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Ideology, Rhetoric, AestheticsFor de Man$
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Andrzej Warminski

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748681266

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681266.001.0001

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Discontinuous Shifts: History Reading History

Discontinuous Shifts: History Reading History

(p.173) Chapter 9 Discontinuous Shifts: History Reading History
Ideology, Rhetoric, Aesthetics

Andrzej Warminski

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents a reading of two of de Man's 1967 Gauss lectures — one on Heidegger's interpretation of Hölderlin as an ‘apocalyptic’ poet and one on Wordsworth and Geoffrey Hartman's also rather ‘apocalyptic’ interpretation of his poetry. It argues that de Man is pushed toward rhetoric and rhetorical terms by his reading of Heidegger's failure to think ‘the temporality of poetic form’ in Hölderlin. In de Man's Wordsworth lecture we can almost ‘see’ the turn to rhetoric take place in the text's two ‘layers’ — the original lecture of 1967 and some interpolated passages from 1971. Paradoxically but in fact consistently enough, de Man's alleged turn (from history and) to rhetoric is legible as, in fact, always already a turn to history.

Keywords:   Paul de Man, aesthetic ideology, Gauss lectures, Heidegger, Hölderlin

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