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The Wild Card of Reading By Rodolphe Gasche

The Wild Card of Reading
by Rodolphe Gasche

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One of the most knowledgeable and provocative explicators of Paul de Man's writings, Rodolphe Gasche, a philosopher by training, demonstrates, for the first time, the systematic coherence of the critic's work, insisting that de Man continues to merit close attention despite his notoriously difficult and obscure style.
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The Wild Card of Reading: On Paul de Man by Rodolphe Gasche

One of the most knowledgeable and provocative explicators of Paul de Man's writings, Rodolphe Gasche, a philosopher by training, demonstrates for the first time the systematic coherence of the critic's work, insisting that de Man continues to merit close attention despite his notoriously difficult and obscure style. Gasche shows that de Man's "reading" centers on a dimension of the texts that is irreducible to any possible meaning, a dimension characterized by the "absolutely singular." Given that de Man and Derrida are both termed deconstructionists, Gasche differentiates between the two by emphasizing Derrida's primary interest in "writing," and postulates that the best way to come to terms with de Man's works is to "read" them athwart the writings of Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Heidegger, and Derrida. He shows his respect for the "immanent logic" of de Man's thought--which he lays out in great detail--while revealing his uneasiness at the oddness of that thought and its consequences.

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The Wild Card of Reading Reviews


Gasche has to be applauded for his patient exposition of de Man and his detailed arguments both for and against his theory of reading. Ultimately, this spirited deference of de Man raises many questions about the ethics of theory as the Pinochet affair does about British justice. -- Gary Day Times Higher Education Supplement [UK] In a blend of exposition and commentary, Gasche approaches the compatibility of philosophical aesthetics and literary theory by scrutinizing its relentless conceptualization in the work of de Man. Avoiding a head-on approach to de Man's denial of such compatibility, Gasche tests the validity of de Man's position against both the philosophical tradition and his own argumentation. Though Gasche 'acquits' de Man on both counts, the rebuttal that de Man's writing offers to the second inclines Gasche to assign permanent value to de Man's work: de Man's idiosyncratic thought and unyielding preoccupation with the nature of the literary make him exemplary though not imitable. This clear patient, and precise volume ups the ante in contemporary critical debate. Required reading for faculty and graduate students; Gasche's masterful expository digressions will save upper-division undergraduates from the thickets of terminology. -- O. Krochick Choice If there was anyone to do the job of evaluative recuperation of the contribution of Paul de Man to critical theory it is Rodolphe Gasche. The (perverse) singularity which marks the writing of de Man is carefully analyzed from the viewpoints of Searle and Derrida and the shocking revelations of de Man's Nazi collaboration are set in a frame of reference about critical judgement per se and prejudice against right-wing writing more widely. Gasche's book bridges the gap between the ardent anti- and pro- de Man camps by being stern with the extremes of both positions. Forum for Modern Language Studies [UK]

About Rodolphe Gasche


Rodolphe Gasche is Eugenio Donato Professor of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Table of Contents


Abbreviations Introduction "Setzung" and "Ubersetzung" In-Difference to Philosophy Apathetic Formalism The Fallout of Reading Giving to Read Adding Oddities Appendix: On the Edges Notes Index

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GOR010102594
The Wild Card of Reading: On Paul de Man by Rodolphe Gasche
Rodolphe Gasche
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Harvard University Press
1998-09-16
610
0674952960
9780674952966
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