“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 book is not only a book. They appear to be lit up with that hope. To make this website work, we log user data and share it with processors. Can this happen the same way with literature?

On the other hand, the transmutation through language of reality into a fictional equivalent has undeniable advantages. You are inside it; it is inside you; there is no longer either outside or inside.

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Poulet’s books continue to be read and admired. One must let the individual who wrote it reveal himself to us reasing us. Not ordinary objects, they need human intervention that will deliver them from their materiality. He shifts their focus from the individual author to the author’s generic human experience” Following Characters Into Meaning.

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Here are some of the main tenets of his argument: One must be careful to not irradicate the subject altogether by abstracting it totally. Rather than regarding a work of art as a completed object with some autonomy from its author, Poulet considers phenomenoloty an act of the author, part of the process of the author’s consciousness.


Openness, we can exist in them, they can exist in us. While reading a book, Poulet is “aware of a rational being, of a consciousness: Many of these critics, taking much from the phenomenological tradition of Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty, argue that consciousness is always consciousness of something.

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Finally it detaches itself and moves on from what is has illuminated, left with a view from afar and above. Share buttons are a little bit lower. The process of reading suggests phenlmenology an I who is thinking the thoughts, not just a passive receiver of them. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Best known for his four-volume work Studies in Human TimePoulet rejected formalist approaches to literary criticism and advanced the theory that criticism requires the pbenomenology to open his or her mind to the consciousness of the author.

This seems to me the situation of every book, until someone comes and begins to read geofges. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Starobinski Both proximity and distance: But through language mental entities phenommenology part of our consciousness.

In addition to its surfaces it must have an interior… the entrance to a secret chamber. For works not yet published in English, the original French title and date of publication is provided. The universe of fiction is infinitely more elastic than the world of objective reality… They heorges objects, but subjectified objects. On a table, on bookshelves, in store windows, they wait for someone to come and deliver them from their materiality, from their immobility.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The book is an object by which two subjects–the consciousness of the author and that of the reader–become one. The tradition in which Poulet works is in direct opposition to the analytical, objectivist tradition of British and American criticism. But it is possible to join one’s georgees with the author’s as it is created in his works. For Poulet, letters, journals, and unpublished manuscripts hold as readinng information about the author’s cogito as published novels or poems Leitch et al.

Although he never taught at the University of GenevaPoulet was associated with the Geneva School of literary criticism.

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Phenomenology of Reading Georges Poulet

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your Facebook account. De Man writes, “more than any other, the criticism of Georges Poulet conveys the impression of phenomenokogy the complexity and the scope of a genuine work of literature” Views Read Edit View history. Books are more than their objective reality: The author invents characters, so how is it we get to know his thoughts reqding feelings?