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Geopoetics: The Politics of Mimesis in Poststructuralist French Poetry and Theory

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By focusing on the problematic of mimesis—in its linguistic, psychoanalytical, and cultural incarnations—this book argues, in opposition to those who stress the political inadequacies of the French poststructuralists' "privileging" of language, that what leads to a theoretical or practical apoliticism is not the emphasis on language and mimetic representation. Rather, it is the failure to examine closely the relationship between mimesis and politics that closes off the possibility of articulating an adequate response to any form of political imperative.

To make this point, the book begins by considering the "revolution in poetic language" of the late 1960's and early 1970's waged by the politically motivated group of poets and theorists associated with the French journal Tel Quel. It examines the impact of its political radicalism on the writings of the major theoretician of the Tel Quel group, Julia Kristeva, and on the work of the most important Tel Quel poets, Marcelin Pleynet and Denis Roche. It also examines the writings of those more closely associated with deconstruction, whose resistance to the highly charged political rhetoric of the period led many critics to denounce the deconstructive approach for its failure to come to terms with the sociopolitical.

In an effort to respond to those who claim that deconstruction's focus on language and textuality constitutes a denial of history and the political, the author considers deconstructive theory and poetry in the context of Tel Quel's ultimate repudiation of its own revolutionary project. She argues—through readings of the theoretical texts of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Jacques Derrida, as well as the "deconstructive" poetics of Edmond Jabès—that the deconstructive approach, with its radical interrogation of traditional notions of the mimetic, presents possibilities for a reintegration of the political that, in many respects, exceeds the more highly politicized strategies of the Tel Quel group itself.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-281) and index.

About the Author

Joan Brandt teaches French in the Cooperative Program in Modern Languages at the Claremont Colleges.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804727617
Subtitle:
The Politics of Mimesis in Poststructuralist French Poetry and Theory
Author:
Brandt, Joan
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Location:
Stanford, Calif. :
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
Mimesis in literature
Subject:
French poetry
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Subject:
Politics and literature -- France.
Edition Number:
1
Series Volume:
92200.7-02D
Publication Date:
19970201
Binding:
Paper Text
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.45x5.46x.66 in. .84 lbs.

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