Genealogies of the Text: Literature, Psychoanalysis, and Politics in Modern France by Jeffrey MehlmanGenealogies of the Text: Literature, Psychoanalysis, and Politics in Modern France by Jeffrey Mehlman

Genealogies of the Text: Literature, Psychoanalysis, and Politics in Modern France

byJeffrey Mehlman

Paperback | November 23, 2006

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In this book, Jeffrey Mehlman dwells on the series of enigmas surrounding the "Blanchot affair", in which one of the leading figures of contemporary French thought was shown to have been a prominent fascist journalist during the 1930s. Using this as a point of departure, Mehlman investigates the ideological and political connotations of similar literary material, shedding new light on the question of the usability of psychoanalysis for literary readings. The volume provides a provocative meditation on literature, ethics, and the experience of the French in World War II.
Title:Genealogies of the Text: Literature, Psychoanalysis, and Politics in Modern FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:November 23, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521032350

ISBN - 13:9780521032353

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Craniometry and criticism: notes on a Valéryan criss-cross; 3. Literature and hospitality: Klossowski's Hamann; 4. Literature and collaboration: Benoist-Méchin's return to Proust; 5. 'Pierre Menard, author of Don Quixote' again; 6. Iphigenia 38: deconstruction, history and the case of L'Arrêt de mort; 7. Writing and deference: the politics of literary adulation; 8. Perspectives: on Paul de Man and Le Soir; 9. Prosopopeia revisited; 10. The paranoid style in French prose: Lacan with Léon Bloy; 11. The Holocaust comedies of 'Emile Ajar'; 12. Pour Sainte-Beuve: Maurice Blanchot, 10 March 1942; 13. Flowers of evil: Paul Morand, the Collaboration and literary history; Appendix; Notes; Index; Series list.

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"This dazzling exercise in political and ideological criticism combines recondite scholarship and an esoteric style in pursuit of a polemical and controversial argument....[it] offers numerous valuable insights into the historical horizen of French modernism....Mehlman's illumination of a wide range of texts and issues---from Sainte-Beuve's politics to Blanchot's secret political mythology and the hidden agenda of de Man's reading of Hugo--makes this book and authoritative and indispensable contribution to the study of modern French culture." Choice