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Double-take: Reading De Man and Derrida Writing On Tropes

Marc Redfield

in Legacies of Paul de Man

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227600
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240951 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823227600.003.0002
Double-take: Reading De Man and Derrida Writing On Tropes

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Each essay has asserted or demonstrated that the tie between truth and metaphor is so close as to be a coinciding. “Anthropomorphism and Trope in the Lyric” sets out with a quotation from “On Truth and Lie in an Extramoral Sense”De Man has restated it blandly: At this point, to say that truth is a trope is to say that truth is the possibility of stating a proposition. Among late-twentieth-century critics, Paul de Man offers a unique perspective on the complex demands encountered by even the most elementary investigation into the theory of reading. Wreaking havoc with the traditional paradigms of exegesis and interpretation, his work unsettles the models of causation and development organizing our ideas about history, questions the assumptions about knowledge and representation structuring our aesthetics, and denounces the woefully incomplete understanding of the performative power of language that informs our moral philosophy.

Keywords: coinciding; trope; wreaking; havoc; aesthetics

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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