Rhetoric and <i>Rausch</i>: de Man on Nietzsche on Value and Style

Stephen Barker

in The Political Archive of Paul de Man

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748665617
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676637 | DOI:
Rhetoric and Rausch: de Man on Nietzsche on Value and Style

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Among the most important (and ubiquitous) themes running through Paul de Man's critique of Nietzsche, particularly given its Rousseauesque framework, is the relationship among rhetoric, value, and style, within the context of narrative and language per se as the cultural meaning-making ‘machines’ ‘behind’ all senses of value. This chapter moves into the orbit of Nietzsche's text, to see where de Man wants to take us, as he does in ‘Rhetoric + Metaphysics’, his treatment of Nietzsche's treatment of rhetoric, value and style.

Keywords: Paul de Man; Rousseau; rhetoric; metaphysics; Nietzsche

Chapter.  8006 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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