Henri Michaux: Poetry, Painting and the Universal Sign

Hardcover | July 31, 2005

byMargaret Rigaud-Drayton

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Henri Michaux is widely recognized as a major twentieth-century French poet and painter. Although his fascination with universal languages has attracted the attention of several of his critics, it has up until now been treated as a marginal concern. Henri Michaux: Poetry, Painting, and theUniversal Sign argues that his ideas on what might constitute a universal language are central to an understanding of his works. It suggests that both his ambivalent articulation of his relationship to the languages and literary traditions of his native Belgium and adoptive France, and his effortssimultaneously to exacerbate and subvert the differences between words and images, are rooted in Enlightenment theories of the relationship of the self to nature and its languageRigaud-Drayton's study makes a substantial and original contribution to the study of this complex artist, exploring the intricate relationships between word and image in his poetry and paintings, and his quest for a single, unifying language or sign.

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Henri Michaux is widely recognized as a major twentieth-century French poet and painter. Although his fascination with universal languages has attracted the attention of several of his critics, it has up until now been treated as a marginal concern. Henri Michaux: Poetry, Painting, and theUniversal Sign argues that his ideas on what mi...

Margaret Rigaud-Drayton is College Lecturer in French at Christ's College Cambridge. She has previously been Lecturer in French at the University of Virginia; Senior Scholar at St Hugh's College, Oxford; and Professeur Eleve Stagiaire, Ecole Normale Superieure de Fontenay-aux-Roses.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.69 inPublished:July 31, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Michaux between France and Belgium2. Self and Other3. Dreaming of a Universal Language4. Writing in Another (French) Language

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`provides an important contribution to Michaux studies.'Modern Law Review