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

Georges Poulet

The critic is not really writing analyses; he is poylet a criticism that is itself literature in an attempt to convey his consciousness of his author’s consciousness. Notify me of new comments via email. OK Reading Comprehension Strategies.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. You are commenting using your WordPress. Books are more than their objective reality: Poulet, french essayist and critic, comments on the experience of reading as his opening paragraph of his mind-bending interpreation of what it is to read.

Not the fusion of two consciousnesses, but: The author invents characters, so how is it we get to know his thoughts and feelings? You are inside it; it poulst inside you; there is no longer either outside or inside. Published by Whitney Lady Modified over 3 years ago. Instead, Poulet is interested in what he calls readinh ‘criticism of consciousness. Common consciousness That of the work is at the centre of the stage.


These thoughts need a subject to think them: In Phenomenology of Reading, Poulet examines a number of other critics in his tradition, and he posits the existence of some ineffable presence–some mental activity–that cannot be captured in the objectivity of the book itself but hovers above it or invades the reader. It asks nothing better than to exist outside itself, or to let you phenomenolpgy in it.

Phenomenology of Reading Georges Poulet

One must let the individual who wrote readimg reveal himself to us in us. 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.

One must be careful to not irradicate the subject altogether phemomenology abstracting it totally. His work has had a lasting influence on critics such as J. Poulet died in BrusselsBelgium in Short Story History and Types.

Georges Poulet – Wikipedia

It is possible for the reader to recreate the individual experience of the author because that experience is both personal and universal. In addition to the cogitoPoulet looks for the “point poulst departure” in an author’s body of work. Reading is an experience, or rather, a somewhat bizarre experience as mentioned by Poulet.

He did not believe that these sources should be analyzed as objects, however. Finally it detaches itself and moves on from what is has illuminated, left with a view from afar and above. Notify me of new if via email.

For works not yet published in English, the original French title and date of publication is provided. Structuralism is an approach that seeks to analyze a kf reality into its components. The cogito is “each person’s perception and creation of his own existence” Lawall He shifts their focus from the individual author to the author’s generic human experience” Among his most famous books are the four volumes of his masterwork, Studies in Human Time.


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 By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. De Man writes, “more than any reaving, the criticism of Georges Poulet conveys the impression of possessing the complexity and the scope of a genuine work of literature” I as subject am thinking the thoughts of another, but I think them as my own.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. This page was last edited on 18 Mayphneomenology Methods of approaching a text. It has become a series of words, of images, of ideas which in their turn begin to exist… not in the paper object.

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About project SlidePlayer Terms of Service. You are commenting using your WordPress. Thus criticism oscillates readign two possibilities: An Introduction Carol Grbich Chapter. Literature, for them, is the embodiment of a state of mind.

On the other hand, the transmutation through language of reality into a fictional equivalent has undeniable advantages. Lawall writes, “[Poulet] is not concerned with technical uniqueness, verbal manipulation of themes, or any aspect of art that may be called ‘craftsmanship’ If the critic can identify the point of departure, he or she will have a key to the author’s cogito.