Paul De Man





Paul De Man


Born
in Belgium
December 06, 1919

Died
December 21, 1983

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Paul de Man was a Belgian-born deconstructionist literary critic and theorist.

He began teaching at Bard College. Later, he completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University in the late 1950s. He then taught at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Zurich, before ending up on the faculty in French and Comparative Literature at Yale University, where he was considered part of the Yale School of deconstruction.

At the time of his death from cancer, he was Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale. After his death, the discovery of some two hundred articles he wrote during World War II for collaborationist newspapers, including one explicitly anti-Semitic, caused a scandal and provoked a reconsideration of his life and w
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Allegories of Reading: Figu...

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Blindness and Insight: Essa...

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The Resistance to Theory

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The Rhetoric of Romanticism

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Aesthetic Ideology

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Critical Writings, 1953-1978

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Romanticism and Contemporar...

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Semiology and Rhetoric

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Wartime Journalism, 1939-43

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The Post-Romantic Predicament

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“Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.”
Paul De Man

“Prior to any generalization about literature, literary texts have to be read, and the possibility of reading can never be taken for granted. It is an act of understanding that can never be observed, nor in any way prescribed or verified.”
Paul De Man, Blindness and Insight: Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism

“If one reads too quickly or too slowly, one understands nothing.”
Paul De Man, Allegories of Reading: Figural Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke, and Proust