Contents: Introduction to Giacometti reception, to the history of poésie critique and to critical debates in word and
image studies – Analysis of texts by André Breton and Jean-Paul Sartre to examine the ways in which they make the viewer’s
response to Giacometti’s work the subject – Comparison between the prose poems of René Char and the poetic prose of Francis
Ponge, considering their responses to Giacometti’s art as performative – Discussion of the extent to which writings on Giacometti
by Jean Genet, Jacques Dupin and Yves Bonnefoy might be deemed ‘haptic’ – Presentation of texts by Michel Leiris and André
du Bouchet as enacting the disruptive effects of their stimulus on their form, in the light of Lyotard’s discussion of the
figure in distinction to discours.