Mallarme and Circumstance: The Translation of Silence

Hardcover | May 11, 2004

byRoger Pearson

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Following his Unfolding Mallarme: The Development of a Poetic Art, this book is the second in Roger Pearson's authoritative two-volume study of the work of Stephanie Mallarme (1842-1898), and the first comprehensive study of Mallarme's 'poetry of circumstance' in any language. For Mallarme,in a world without God, the role of the poet is to break the silence with language and to confer upon the contingency of circumstance a therapeutic semblance of formal and semantic pattern. Literature provides a 'translation of silence', 'intimate galas' in which the mysterious drama of the humancondition is performed for and by the reader on the stage of the verse poem, the prose poem, and what Mallarme calls the 'poeme critique'. In Part 1, Pearson examines the prose poems within the context of Mallarme's writing about the theatre. In Part II, he focuses on the 'circumstanzas' - thefamous 'Tombeaux', 'Hommages', 'Eventails', and 'vers de circonstance' - in which Mallarme invests the quotidian with the 'glorious lie' of poetry. In a series of close readings Pearson demonstrates how complex poetic structures, and especially the sonnet, may serve to guide the human search formeaning and shape our anguish in a 'ceremony of the Book.'

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Following his Unfolding Mallarme: The Development of a Poetic Art, this book is the second in Roger Pearson's authoritative two-volume study of the work of Stephanie Mallarme (1842-1898), and the first comprehensive study of Mallarme's 'poetry of circumstance' in any language. For Mallarme,in a world without God, the role of the poet ...

Roger Pearson is a Professor of French at Oxford University and Fellow of Queen's College..

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:May 11, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199266743

ISBN - 13:9780199266746

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Poet and the ReaderPart I: Intimate Galas1. The Poet's Milieu2. Creating Silence: 'Le Phenomene futur' and 'Un spectacle interrompu'3. Reading Silence: Crayonne au theatre4. Breaking Silence: 'La Declaration foraine'5. Rhythms of BeingPart II: Circumstanzas6. A Framework for Silence: Mallarme and the Sonnet7. The Silence of the Grave8. The Silence of the Object9. The Silence of the Image10. Sotto voceConclusion: Silence and the BookSelect Bibliography