The Double Life of Paul De Man

The Double Life of Paul De Man

Book - 2014 | 1st ed.
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Describes the life of the Yale University professor behind the deconstruction movement, who at the time of his death was one of the most influential literary critics in America but was later revealed to be a Nazi collaborator and anti-Semite.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780871403261
Branch Call Number: 801.95092 DEMAN-B
Characteristics: xxvi, 534 p., [8] p. of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Nov 11, 2016

A satisfactory accounting of the life of Paul de Man, who managed to conceal his WWII activities as a pro-Nazi collaborationist and journalist to become one of the great thinkers of our time. He literally went from hero to zero in just five years when his past was finally exposed. My rating is due to the fact the author, Evelyn Barish, fails to give an adequate explanation of de Man's theory of "deconstruction", a philosophy that shaped literature, music and architecture for more than thirty years up to his death in 1983 and the repercussions of which are still being felt today - she presumes we know what it is. I had to look up Wikipedia to find an adequate explanation.

BCD2013 May 06, 2014

The story of how Yale professor Paul De Man, influential critic and darling of the deconstructionists successfully bamboozled his way into literary stardom by hiding his collaboration with the Nazis in France during WW II.

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