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The Stelliferous Fold: Toward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation

Rodolphe Gasché


This book seeks to develop a novel approach to literature beyond the conventional divide between realism/formalism and history/aestheticism. It accomplishes this not only through a radical reassessment of the specificity of literature in distinction from one of its others—namely, philosophy—but above all by taking critical issue with the venerable concept of the text and its association with the artisanal techniques of weaving and interlacing. This conception of the text as an artisanal fabric is, the book holds, the unreflected presupposition of both realist, or historicist, and reflective, o ... More

Keywords: realism, formalism, history, aestheticism, literature, literary works, Lautramont, Nerval, de l'Isle Adam, Huysman, Flaubert, Artaud, Blanchot, Defoe, Melville

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823234349
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rodolphe Gasché, author
Department of Comparative Literature, University of Buffalo, SUNY

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