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Legacies of Paul de Man$
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Marc Redfield

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227600

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823227600.001.0001

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

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

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(p.17) Double-take: Reading De Man and Derrida Writing On Tropes
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Legacies of Paul de Man
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Marc Redfield

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823227600.003.0002

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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