“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 images, ideas, words lose their materiality; they exist as mental objects. Lawall writes, “[Poulet] is not concerned with technical uniqueness, verbal manipulation of themes, or any aspect of art that may be called ‘craftsmanship’ In short, the extraordinary fact in the case of a books the falling away of the barriers between you and it.

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The process of reading suggests also an I who is thinking the thoughts, not just a passive receiver of them. Finally it detaches itself and moves on from what is has illuminated, left with a view from afar and above. This identity of consciousness enables fo work to have a kind of immortality. OK Reading Comprehension Strategies. 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.


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This consciousness resides in you, grows in you. Reading is an experience, or rather, a somewhat bizarre experience as mentioned by Poulet.

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For works not yet published in English, the original French title and date of publication is provided. Michael Cunningham Type of work: The I of a fiction, is whose? For Poulet, letters, journals, and unpublished manuscripts hold as much information about the author’s cogito as published novels or poems Leitch et al. The book is an object by which two subjects–the consciousness of the author and that of the reader–become one.

Phenomenology of Reading Georges Poulet

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Views Read Edit View history. The cogito is “each person’s perception and creation of his own existence” Lawall But it is possible to join one’s consciousness with the author’s as it is created in his works. De Man writes, “more than any other, the criticism of Georges Poulet conveys the impression of possessing the complexity and the scope of a genuine work of literature” Registration Forgot your password?

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It is possible for the reader to recreate the phenomenoloyg experience of the author because that experience is both personal and universal.

For these critics, literary criticism is itself literature, but it is not the solipsistic criticism of the impressionists.

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.

Auth with social network: Instead, they should be used by the reader to “coexist with the author’s developing grasp and formulation of his own existence” Lawall Notify me of new comments via email. Following Characters Into Meaning. Poulet calls this consciousness the author’s cogito. Seem to have an interior which is not yet revealed to us. Instead, Poulet is interested in what he calls a ‘criticism of consciousness.

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