_Studies in Romanticism_ (journal)

"At the Far End of this Ongoing Enterprise..."

This essay focuses on a 1979 special issue of the journal Studies in Romanticism edited by Paul de Man. The volume collects essays by de Man's graduate students and members of an NEH seminar that he organized. In the introduction, de Man endeavors to articulate the relation between his students' work and his own. In so doing he accuses his students of undertaking an unwitting "parricide." This essay argues that in accusing his students of betraying him through a "blind" repetition, de Man also figures his own legacy, not as the possible continuation of his intellectual project, but rather as the question of the possibility of legacy itself.
May 2005


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