The Post-Romantic Predicament

Paul de Man*, Martin McQuillan (Editor)

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The first collection of texts by Paul de Man to follow the posthumous Aesthetic Ideology (1996), the title refers to de Man's Harvard thesis of the late 1950s, from which the long section on Mallarmé is reproduced. Also included are texts by de Man on Stefan George, as well as essays on Rousseau, Derrida, Symbolism and Keats. 

A collection of critical texts fromPaul de Man's Harvard University years, published for the first time 

These essays, brought together from the Paul de Manpapers at the University of California (Irvine), make a significantcontribution to the cultural history of deconstruction and the present state ofliterary theory. From 1955 to 1961, Paul de Man was Junior Fellow at HarvardUniversity where he wrote a doctoral thesis entitled 'The Post-RomanticPredicament: a study in the poetry of Mallarmé and Yeats'. This dissertation ispresented alongside his other texts from this period, including essays on Hölderlin,Keats and Stefan George.

This collection reflects familiar concerns for de Man:the figurative dimension of language, the borders between philosophy andliterature, the ideological obfuscations of Romanticism, and the difficultiesof the North American heritage of New Criticism. Key Features

The first collection of texts by Paul de Man publishedsince he posthumous Aesthetic Ideology (1997)

The missing link in the published de Man corpus

Showcases important contributions to the analysis ofRomantic and Post-Romantic poetry that engaged de Man for most of his life

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages248
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7486-5623-3
ISBN (Print)9780748641055
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2012

Publication series

NameThe Frontiers of Theory


  • Paul de Man (1919-83)
  • Post-romanticism
  • Theory


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