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Theotropic Logology: J. Hillis Miller, Paul de Man and Kenneth Burke

Steven Mailloux

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665617.003.0006
Theotropic Logology: J. Hillis Miller, Paul de Man and Kenneth Burke

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This chapter explores some published and unpublished exchanges among J. Hillis Miller, Paul de Man, and Kenneth Burke, all of whom practised a kind of theotropic logology, the study of words about words related to words about God. The chapter focuses on the disease of referentiality, psychological in particular and ultimately theological, or more exactly, in de Man's word, theotropic, figuratively god-centred.

Keywords: Paul de Man; words; God; referentiality; god-centred

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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