“Books are objects. On a table, on bookshelves, in store windows, they wait for someone to come and deliver them from their materiality. Georges Poulet’s Phenomenology of Reading. Graham Bippart. Bucknell University. Follow this and additional works at: ll. edu/chr. Poulet, french essayist and critic, comments on the experience of reading as his opening paragraph of his mind-bending interpreation of what it.

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A displacement of the reader by the work occurs. By the s, Poulet, and other phenomenological critics, had given way to a new wave of young critics Leitch et al.

Georges Poulet

He uses the understanding of forms to get to the subject of the work, which is pyenomenology to it, like Raymond. Feedback Privacy Policy Feedback.

On the other hand, the transmutation through language of reality into a fictional equivalent has undeniable advantages. Seem to have an interior which is not yet revealed to us.

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For these critics, literary criticism readlng itself literature, but it is not the solipsistic criticism of the impressionists. Examine phenomebology variations of the relationship between phenomwnology criticizing subject critic and the criticized object the book. My presentations Profile Feedback Log out.


Lawall writes, “[Poulet] is not concerned with technical uniqueness, verbal manipulation of themes, or any aspect of art that may be called ‘craftsmanship’ Here are some of the main tenets of his argument: The I of a fiction, is whose?

One must be careful to not irradicate the subject altogether by abstracting it totally. Poulet calls this consciousness the author’s cogito. By examining an author’s complete body of work, the critic begins to see patterns of expression not only in the work of one particular author but also across literary periods. Jean Rousset Recognizes both the structure of a work and the depth of an experience: The author invents characters, so how is it we get to know his thoughts and feelings?

Poulet asserts that all narratives emerge from a preconceived world in which the author has already determined everything that will happen in the future. It is this response which criticism should aim for, not the objective non-involvement type so often written. In Phenomenology of Reading, Poulet examines a number of other critics in his tradition, and he posits the existence of some ineffable presence–some mental activity–that cannot be captured in the objectivity of the book itself but hovers above it or invades the reader.

To use this website, you must agree to our Privacy Policyincluding cookie policy. Meltzer writes, “many heorges sense a confidence, or complacency, in Poulet’s work, which they believe results from a deafness on his part to the recent problematization of the literary experience and the language of literature” viii. Common consciousness That of the work is at the centre of the stage.


The author reveals himself to us in us. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Instead, they should be used by the reader to “coexist with the author’s developing grasp and formulation of his own existence” Phenonenology Georges Poulet has been identified as a member of the so-called Geneva School of critics, who have assimilated something of the Romantic tradition of Rousseau and the pouleet of the nineteenth-century German philosopher, Wilhelm Dilthey.

Phenomenology of Reading Georges Poulet

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