Reading Paul Valery

Reading Paul Valery : Universe in Mind

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Paul Valery's work is a unique odyssey in the universe of ideas and mental forms. The most recently acknowledged - and the most private - of the masters of modernity, Valery is perhaps the most radical and wide-ranging. He navigates freely within the mental galaxies known to scientists, poets, literary theorists, musicians, philosophers, historicans and social anthropologists, always concerned to explore the potential and limits of the human mind. Originally published in 1999, the present volume of essays by internationally recognised scholars offered the first comprehensive account of Valery's work in English or French. It provided a series of readings bringing into focus the deeper coherence that animates what Valery called his 'unitary mind in a thousand pieces', and offered perspectives on the immense range of his experimental and fragmentary writings. This book moved forward the frontiers of our understanding of Valery's work, and substantially altered the way in which he was perceived.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139238795
  • 9781139238793

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I. Self-Science: 1. Towards a biography of the mind Ned Bastet; 2. Thinking-writing games of the Cahiers Paul Gifford; 3. Paradigms of the self: Valery's mythical models Robert Pickering; 4. The fascination of science Judith Robinson-Valery; 5. An art of rethinking: Valery's 'negative philosophy' Regine Pietra; Part II. Self-Writings: 6. The poetics of practice and theory M. Jarrety; 7. 'Esprit, Attente, pur, eternel suspens ... ' Valery's prose poetry Stephen Romer; 8. The Dialogues and Mon Faust: Valery's republic of the mind William Marx; 9. Counter-fiction Brian Stimpson; 10. Major poems: the voice of the subject J.-M. Maulpoix; 11. Other voices: intertextuality and the art of pure poetry Suzanne Nash; 12. Manuscript steps: 'Les Pas' Florence de Lussy; Part III. Body, Mind, World: 13. An aesthetics of the subject: music and the visual arts Brian Stimpson; 14. Politics, history and the modern world Nicole Celeyrette-Pietri; 15. Valery and the feminine Kirsteen Anderson; 16. Dream and the unconscious Malcolm Bowie; 17. Self and other: Valery's 'lost object of desire' Paul Gifford; Conclusion.
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