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Paul de Man

Deconstruction and the Critique of Aesthetic Ideology

Christopher Norris (University of Wales, Cardiff, UK)



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15 July 2010
Paul de Man - literary critic, literary philosopher, American deconstructionist - changed the landscape of criticism through his rigorous theories and writings. Upon its original publication in 1988, Christopher Norris' book was the first full-length introduction to de Man, a reading that offers a much-needed corrective to the pattern of extreme antithetical response which marked the initial reception to de Man's writings.

Norris addresses de Man's relationship to philosophical thinking in the post-Kantian tradition, his concern with aesthetic ideology as a potent force of mystification within and beyond that tradition, and the vexed issue of de Man's politics. Norris brings out the marked shift of allegiance in de Man's thinking, from the thinly veiled conservative implications of the early essays to the engagement with Marx and Foucault on matters of language and politics in the late, posthumous writing. At each stage, Norris raises these questions through a detailed close reading of individual texts which will be welcomed by those who lack any specialised knowledge of de Man's work.
By:   Christopher Norris (University of Wales Cardiff UK)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9780415579308
ISBN 10:   0415579309
Series:   Routledge Revivals
Pages:   218
Publication Date:   15 July 2010
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Primary ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Paul de Man: Deconstruction and the Critique of Aesthetic Ideology

'His grasp of the historical and philosophical dimensions of the styles and arguments of contemporary literary theory is quite extraordinary and illuminating.' - N. Lukacher, University of Illinois at Chicago

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