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Air and Dreams: An Essay on the Imagination of Movement - by Gaston Bachelard Trans. Edith and Frederick Farrell. Bachelard uses his extensive knowledge of the poetry of Poe, Blake, Shelley, and Nietzsche to amplify the images of the airy elements. THE BACHELARD TRANSLATIONS are the inspiration of Joanne H. Stroud, Director of Publications for The Dallas Institute of Human ...more
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Published December 31st 1988 by Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture (first published 1943)
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Leonard Gaya
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le tournant du XXème siècle marqua, dans l’art occidental, une crise décisive : les structures traditionnelles de la représentation dans les arts plastiques, ou de la tonalité en musique, s’essoufflaient, étaient moribondes. Rodin fut sans doute l’un des plus grands et l’un des derniers sculpteurs romantiques ; après lui, viendraient l’impressionnisme de Monet, de van Gogh, l’abstraction de Kandinsky, le surréalisme de Duchamp. Mahler fut, lui aussi, l’un des plus grands et l’un des derniers com ...more
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book and another of Bachelard's books The Poetics of Space have been two important literary companions. They look at the things of the material world--clouds, wind, attics, boxes-- and transmute them into spirit, see value in the invisible, give a name to tiny intimate spaces and air. When I feel despair, these books calm me and remind me of what is real and significant in the material world. ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If Nietzsche sings of the flux of time then Bachelard is the poet of stillness. His thoughts suspend the human world as if under a glass jar; rendering time immobile, he speaks of movement.

Deleuze said that we are constructed in memory. To Bachelard, we are constructed in dreams.
Mina Akida
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beautifully composed book by Bachelard. Particularly enjoyed the chapter on Nietzsche ("Nietzsche and the Ascensional Psyche") - where he reveals the surreptitious laws at work behind the seemingly accidental displays of literary imagery. There are sections and chapters that also reveal discourse on poets such as Poe and Shelley, and then theme-oriented ones on natural phenomenon such as the sky and clouds, as wells as trees. Overall, a good read for both students of architecture as well as stud ...more

The dream is an evening's cosmogony. The dreams begins the world over again every night. Anyone who can detach himself from the worries of the day and give his reverie all the powers of solitude gives back to reverie its cosmogonic function. He can appreciate the truth of O. V. de L. Milosz's statement: "The cosmos, in its entirety, courses physically through us." The cosmic dream, in the half-light of sleep, has a kind of primitive nebula from which forms without number can come forth. If the d
A long and kind of repetitive essay on aerial images and the dream world. If you want to get the most out of this book, you should be relatively well acquainted with the works of Nietzsche, Poe, Blake, Shelley, Milosz, Schopenhauer, Rilke, Dante, and dozens more. You should also be acquainted with psychoanalysis and its beliefs as of mid-20th century, so you'll understand why Bachelard is shitting all over them throughout the book.

In brief, you should have a much better education in philo
Suellen Rubira
Atualizado em 26/04: hoje em dia já me parece muito mais claro do que pesado. Felizmente.

Pareceu-me mais "pesado" que o estudo do fogo e da água, talvez isso se deva ao fato de que o ar é entendido tanto como o ar que respiramos, o vento que ocasiona as tempestades como as alturas, as nuvens e a verticalidade dessas imagens. Destaque para o capítulo maravilhoso sobre Nietzsche como poeta das alturas, além de estudos sobre Shelley e, como não poderia deixar de ser diferente, Edgar Allan Poe.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chido. Lento. ¿Él o yo?

Creo que yo, esde los libros que quieres subrayar todas las páginas, cada párrafo, renglón por renglón.
Ana Jaber
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bachelard, Bachelard...
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Gaston Bachelard was a French philosopher who rose to some of the most prestigious positions in the French academy. His most important work is on poetics and on the philosophy of science. To the latter he introduced the concepts of epistemological obstacle and epistemological break (obstacle épistémologique et rupture épistémologique). He influenced many subsequent French philosophers, among them ...more

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