“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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Part I – Phenomenology of Reading by Georges Poulet | vervefive

Examine the variations of the relationship between the criticizing subject critic and the criticized object the book. Novel Date of first publication: Although many of his ideas have fallen from critical favour, Readiny influence can still be seen in the work of J.

The I of a plulet, is whose? If the critic does this, “then criticism is no longer mimesis; it is the reduction of all literary forms to the same level of insignificance” Literature, for them, is the embodiment of a state of mind.

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About project SlidePlayer Terms of Service. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Reading is an experience, or rather, a somewhat bizarre experience as mentioned by Poulet. The life fo the book gains its reality from the reader’s consciousness. Despite so, this makes his work an interesting read, and with the first part only spanning 7 pages, this 7 pages may just change your experience in reading.


Jean Rousset Recognizes both the structure of a work and the depth of an experience: Starobinski Both proximity and distance: Although he never taught at the University of GenevaPoulet was associated with the Geneva School of literary criticism.

Nor, surely, in external space… my innermost self… [the objects in it, like fish in an aquarium] need the shelter I provide: Thus criticism oscillates between two possibilities: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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It has become a series of words, of images, of ideas which in their turn begin to exist… not in the paper object. Poulet asserts that all narratives emerge from a preconceived world in which the author has already determined everything that will phenomeology in the future.

The critic is not really writing analyses; he is writing a criticism that is itself literature in an attempt to convey his consciousness of his author’s consciousness.

Like other Geneva School critics, Poulet rejects the concept of literary criticism as an objective evaluation of structural or aesthetic values. By continuing geodges use this website, you agree to their use.


pouldt But through language mental entities become part of our consciousness. In addition to the cogitoPoulet looks for the “point of departure” in an author’s body of work. Poulet calls this consciousness the author’s cogito. The author invents characters, so how is it we get to know his thoughts and feelings? I find it hard to resist their appeal. Notify me of new comments via email.

Georges Poulet

It is possible for the reader to recreate the individual experience of the author because that experience is both personal and universal. Following Characters Into Meaning.

Share buttons are a little bit lower. The reader becomes part of the inside of the book; the book becomes part of the inside of the reader. The book is an object by which two subjects–the consciousness of the author and that of the reader–become one. Openness, we can exist in them, they can exist in us. This page was last edited on 18 Mayat Read me, they seem to say.