In this Book

Speculative Formalism
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Speculative Formalism engages decisively in recent debates in the literary humanities around form and formalism, making the case for a new, nonmimetic and antihistoricist theory of literary reference. Where formalism has often been accused of sealing texts within themselves, Eyers demonstrates instead how a renewed, speculative formalism can illuminate the particular ways in which literature actively opens onto history, politics, and nature, in a connective movement that puts formal impasses to creative use.   Through a combination of philosophical reflection and close rhetorical readings, Eyers explores the possibilities and limits of deconstructive approaches to the literary, the impact of the "digital humanities" on theory, and the prospects for a formalist approach to "world literature." The book includes sustained close readings of Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Yeats, and Wallace Stevens, as well as Alain Badiou, Paul de Man, and Fredric Jameson.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. 1. Clearing the Ground: New Digital Positivisms, the Fate of Literary Theory, and the Stakes of a “Speculative Formalism”
  2. pp. 33-56
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  1. 2. Francis Ponge, Jean Cavaillès, and the Vexed Relation between Word and World
  2. pp. 57-94
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  1. 3. Alain Badiou, Wallace Stevens, and the Paradoxical Productivity of Poetic Form
  2. pp. 95-123
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  1. 4. Paul de Man’s Poetic Materialism
  2. pp. 124-149
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  1. 5. Language Poetry, Psychoanalysis, and the Formal Negotiation of History and Time
  2. pp. 150-182
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 183-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-226
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 227-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-245
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