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Mallarme and the Politics of LiteratureSartre, Kristeva, Badiou, Rancière$
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Robert Boncardo

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474429528

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429528.001.0001

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Jean-Paul Sartre’s Mallarmé: Hero of an Ontological Drama, Agent of the Counter-revolution

Jean-Paul Sartre’s Mallarmé: Hero of an Ontological Drama, Agent of the Counter-revolution

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(p.22) 1 Jean-Paul Sartre’s Mallarmé: Hero of an Ontological Drama, Agent of the Counter-revolution
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Mallarme and the Politics of Literature
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Robert Boncardo

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429528.003.0002

This first chapter presents an in-depth study of Jean-Paul Sartre’s career-long engagement with Mallarmé. Beginning with a discussion of Sartre’s notorious side-lining of poetry in favour of committed literature, the chapter asks why Sartre nevertheless chose to devote so many pages to Mallarmé, particularly in his incomplete existential biography Mallarmé, or, The Poet of Nothingness. The chapter begins with an extensive reading of this latter work, tracking Sartre’s trenchant Marxist analysis of the post-1848 literary field in France before exploring his account of Mallarmé’s personal trajectory. Finally, it turns to the third volume of Sartre’s The Family Idiot and argues for the consistency of Sartre’s reading of Mallarmé as a nihilist and as a political quietist.

Keywords:   Stéphane Mallarmé, Poetry, Literature, Politics, Jean-Paul Sartre

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