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“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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The book is an object by which two subjects–the consciousness of the author and that of the reader–become one. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Formalist critics disagreed with Poulet’s disregard for objective standards of literary value while structuralistpoststructuralistand deconstructionist critics rejected the importance Poulet placed on the role of the author and his belief in engaging with the text as a representation of the author’s consciousness.

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Phenomsnology and reader come closer to a common consciousness. Among his most famous books are the four volumes of his masterwork, Studies in Human Time.

This static world is the point of departure for the fictional narrative. The Story So Far!

But it is possible to join one’s consciousness with the author’s as it is created in his works. Best known for his four-volume reafing Studies in Human TimePoulet rejected formalist approaches to literary criticism pouet advanced the theory that criticism requires the reader to open his or her mind to the consciousness of the author. Not ordinary objects, they need human intervention that will deliver them from their materiality.


You are commenting using your Facebook account. Seem to have an interior which is not yet revealed to us. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Examine the variations of the relationship between the criticizing subject critic and the criticized object the book. His work, in turn, will be more than its own objectivity when it also finds a reader and joins itself to that reader’s consciousness.

Thus criticism oscillates between two possibilities: Notify me of new comments via email. Finally it detaches itself and moves on from what is has illuminated, left with a view from afar and above. He uses the understanding of forms to get to the subject of the work, which is previous to it, like Raymond.

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About project SlidePlayer Terms of Service. By examining an author’s complete body of work, the critic begins to see patterns of expression not only in the work of one particular erading but also across literary periods.


Here are some of the main tenets of his argument: The author invents characters, so how is it we get to know his thoughts and feelings? As the subjective experience of the book enlarges, so the objective experience of the book decreases. Although many of his ideas have fallen from critical favour, Poulet’s influence can still be seen in the work of Ppoulet.

This consciousness resides in you, grows in you. Notify me of new comments via email. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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On the other hand, the transmutation through language of reality into a fictional equivalent has undeniable advantages. Reading is an experience, or rather, a somewhat bizarre experience as mentioned by Poulet.

This identity of consciousness enables the work to have a kind of immortality. Download ppt “Phenomenology of Reading Georges Poulet”. Email required Address never made public.

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