Legacies of Paul de Man
Discontinuous Shifts: History Reading History
Andrzej Warminski, University of California, Irvine
references marked as "RR" are to: Paul de Man,
The Rhetoric of Romanticism.
references marked as "AR" are to: Paul de Man,
Allegories of Reading.
references marked as "RCC" are to: Paul de Man,
Romanticism and Contemporary Criticism.
4 See de Man's
"Form and Intent in the American New Criticism" and "The
Literary Self as Origin: The Work of Georges Poulet" in
Blindness and Insight.
5 See de Man's
"Phenomenality and Materiality in Kant" in Paul de Man,
Aesthetic Ideology. All further page references to
Aesthetic Ideology will be marked as "AI."
On de Man's reading of Kant's sublimes, see my "'As the
poets do it': On the Material Sublime".
6 It is worth
noting that the alleged shift from "history" to "reading"
was, in fact, always already a shift from
"reading" to "reading," since the itinerary goes
from de Man's having begun "to read [my
emphasis] Rousseau," through his being "unable to
progress beyond local difficulties of interpretation,"
to end up with "the problematics of
reading [my emphasis]" (AR,ix). That this
"shift" from reading to reading is in fact—also
always already—a shift from history to history