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Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature 41

Death in Quotation Marks

Cultural Myths of the Modern Poet

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ISBN 9780674419018

Publication Date: 03/01/1991

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  • Introduction
    • Literature, Biography, and the Modern “Death of the Author”
    • From the Death of the Author to a Poetics of Everyday Life
    • The Theater of the Self: Myth, Fashion, and Writing
  • 1. The Death of the Author: Stopping Living and Stopping Writing
    • The “Book” and the “Life”: Mallarmé and Rimbaud
    • Theoretical Necrophilia: The Tomb of Mallarmé Revisited
    • Writing and Domestic Sacrifice
    • Black Velvet of Talent, or the Figuration of the Pure Poet
    • The White Butterfly, or the Erotics of Inquiry
    • The “Purest Poet”: Myth Making and Mis-Reading
    • Mallarmé’s Embarrassment, or Rimbaud”s Undressing
    • The Violence of Poetics: The Scars of Arthur Rimbaud
    • “La Vraie Vie est absente”
    • Rimbaud and His Doubles
  • 2. The Death of the Revolutionary Poet
    • “Revolutionary Poet”: History, Myth, and the Theater of Cruelty
    • “Vladimir Mayakovsky”: Personification and Depersonalization
    • A Portrait of the Artist in a Yellow Blouse: Metaphor and Transgression
    • Suicide as a Literary Fact: “Vladimir Mayakovsky” by Roman Jakobson
    • Poetics of Mistranslation: “Vladimir Mayakovsky” by André Breton
    • Politics of Mistranslation: “Vladimir Mayakovsky” by Louis Aragon
    • The Revolutionary Poet: Oxymoron or Tautology?
  • 3. The Death of the Poetess
    • The “Poetess”: Lack, Excess, and Aesthetic Obscenity
    • The Poetess’s Self-Defense: Close Reading and Clothes Reading
    • The Death of the Poet: Emigration beyond Gender?
    • Death in the Feminine: The Amazon’s Severed Breast
    • Postmortem: Poetess without Quotation Marks
  • Conclusion: The Death of the Critic?
  • Notes
  • Index

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