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Situating Mallarmé

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David Kinloch and Gordon Millan

Since his death just over a century ago, Stéphane Mallarmé has become a major figure in world literature. Over this period, Mallarmé criticism has tended to concentrate on two aspects of his work. Firstly on textual analysis in order to tackle the difficulty of his writing and secondly, thanks to the interest shown in him by figures such as Barthes, Derrida, Kristeva and Lacan, on his theoretical writings. Indeed, this particular part of his œuvre has somewhat dominated Mallarmé studies in the last thirty years. This book adopts a new approach by attempting to contextualise Mallarmé’s creative writing in terms of his relationships with other art forms, other writers and indeed other cultures. At the same time one of his own key obsessions with death is also reassessed, as is his relationship to the society of his time.
Mallarmé’s ambitious project was to exploit the potential of dance, music and painting as well as poetry in order to produce an artistic monument for the modern post-industrial age. Experts from all of these fields have therefore combined with literary specialists in order to adopt an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to Mallarmé’s work which marks a bold and exciting new departure in Mallarmé studies.
Contents: David Kinloch/Gordon Millan: Introduction – Heath Lees: ‘... depuis Wagner, la poésie’. Mallarmé and the All-Embracing Word Work – Deirdre Reynolds: ‘Le mouvement pur et le silence déplacé par la voltige’: Mallarmé and Dance, from Symbolism to Post-modernism – Rosemary Lloyd: ‘Le Spectacle interrompu’: Mallarmé, mystery, miroitement – Damian Catani: The poet as democrat: Art and consumerism in La Dernière Mode – Roger Pearson: ‘Un peu profond ruisseau calomnié’: Mallarmé and the Circumscription of Death – James Lawler: L’Eurêka mallarméen – Patrick McGuinness: Mallarmé’s Pour un Tombeau d’Anatole – Bertrand Marchal: Les Noces du ‘Livre’ – Antje Quast: ‘Le bouquet tout fait’: L’inspiration mallarméenne dans les écrits et la peinture de René Magritte – Penny Florence: ‘Un Coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard’ on CD-ROM: ‘l’avenir qui sortira d’ici’.