Synopses & Reviews
“This is an exceptional and important volume in which close readings of four major European writers daringly eradicate the border between commentary and literature. In precise analyses of particular texts, Frey works through and elucidates the various theories of writing, reading, representation, and memory. The complex line of argumentation is rendered with remarkable clarity, and one learns a great deal not only about the texts studied but also about literary theory in general.”—Carol Jacobs, State University of New York, Buffalo
lderlin - examines the self-reflexivity of modern poetry.
This study of four major poets - Mallarmé, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Hölderlin - examines the self-reflexivity of modern poetry, exploring questions concerning what it means for a poem to be 'about' its own process of saying. What does it mean to read and understand a text that is focused not on its content but on its saying? What kind of relation does a writer have to the language used in a text? How are we to think about the relation of content to the saying?
This study of four major poetsMallarmé, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Hölderlinexamines the self-reflexivity of modern poetry, exploring questions concerning what it means for a poem to be "about" its own process of saying.
Table of Contents
Foreword; 1. Mallarmé; 2. Baudelaire: imagination and memory; a renunciation of understanding; 3. Rimbaud; 4. Hölderlin: Hölderlin and Rousseau: the sacred and the word; A note on translations in the English edition; Works cited.