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Allegories of Reading: Figurative Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke and Proust

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'Through complex and chic shut readings of poems by way of Rilke, Proust's Remembrance, Nietzsche's philosophical writings and the foremost works of Rousseau, de guy concludes that every one writing issues itself with its personal task as language, and language, he says is often unreliable, slippery, impossible....Literary narrative, since it needs to depend on language, tells the tale of its personal lack of ability to inform a story....De guy demonstrates, superbly and convincingly, that language turns again on itself, that rhetoric is untrustworthy.' Julia Epstein, Washington submit publication global

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A portrait that has been metamor . . . no metaphor . . . definite, metaphorized. it is my grasp, it is a lady . . . you may have made a undeniable combination . . . i've got guessed all that, I . . . [Narcisse, 2:100] the categorical organization of "portrait"4 with metaphor (leaving apart the additional issues brought by way of "metamorphosis" and, for that topic, by way of drunkenness) allows a parallel with the myth of the Essay. the eagerness focused on Narcisse isn't, as in part II of the Essay, "fear" yet "love" or, extra accurately, the interaction among self-love (amour de soO , vainness (amour propre), and the affection of others that makes up the fervour. Already during this early textual content (revised at a later second that's difficult to determine)5 love is constitutively linked to the idea of self. the 1st specific formula of the constitution of self-love, in word 15 to the second one Discourse, makes transparent that "loye" is characterised via the differential courting among the non-public and the reflexive pronoun within the paradigmatic sentence that designates self-Iove:je m'aime. "In the real kingdom of nature," says Rousseau, "vanity [amour propre] doesn't exist, for every specific four. "Portrait" turns into, after all, a very wealthy and ambiguous time period all through Rousseau's paintings, from the early riddle ( 2 : 1 133) , to the portrait inNarcisse, the scene oOulie's portrait within the No uvelle Heloise (2:278-80), the excellence among "portrait" and "tableau" within the moment Preface to the No uvelle Heloise , and the rantings approximately his personal portrait within the Dialogues ( Deuxieme discussion, 1 :777 fr. and notes) . five. at the advanced historical past of Narcisse , variation of Narciss e in J. J. Rousseau, Oeuvres see the notes oOacques Scherer in his completes, ed . Bernard Gagnebin and Marcel Raymond (Paris: Gallimard [Bibliotheque de l. a. Pleiade] , 1961 ) , 2:1858-65. "On the potential corrections made via Marivaux," writes Scherer, "one can basically make conjectures" (2: 1 860) . a hundred sixty five S E L F ( P YGMALION) guy considers himself because the in basic terms spectator that takes become aware of of him, because the sole being within the universe that takes an curiosity in his lifestyles, because the basically pass judgement on of his personal advantage. it truly is as a result impossible for a sense to burgeon in his soul that takes its beginning in comparisons which he isn't in a position to cany out . . " (Second Discourse, 3:219, word . 15) . The specular, reflective distance is postulated as already foremarked within the fictional nation of nature the place Rousseau is loose to establish his scene as he pleases ; as in all different circumstances, the differen­ tial relationships that would turn into the articulations and tensions of the historic international are already current "en creux" and within the guise of equalities, within the so-called nation ofnature. Primitive guy is by myself and has no perception ofthe different no matter what, but already during this absolute and impossible country of solitude, he might be the spectator, the fear and the pass judgement on of his personal singular being. within the obvious id of the nominative with the reflexive "I," the differentiation is foreshadowed and the grammatical house for the longer term changes staked out.

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