Mistake in Paul de Man: Violent Reading and Theotropic Violence

Marc Redfield

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:
Mistake in Paul de Man: Violent Reading and Theotropic Violence

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A close reading of de Man's work suggests that the unstable difference between contingency and compulsion, or randomness and systematicity, haunts the political and theological themes addressed in the present collection. This chapter fleshes out that assertion by way of de Man's late essay ‘Hegel on the Sublime’. It discusses de Man's essay, draws attention to one or two of its peculiarities, reflects on some interesting questions raised by de Man's acts of interpretive violence, and finally returns briefly to Hegel's text to sketch a connection to the announced themes of this collection.

Keywords: Paul de Man; Hegel; interpretive violence; sublime

Chapter.  8542 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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