Reading De Man Reading was first published in 1989. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital techlogy to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.Paul de Man, from the outset of his career, concerned himself with the act of reading and with discovering what a rigorous mode of reading can produce. The contributors to this volume conceived t long before de Man's death in 1983 address his theory and practice of reading: the nature of those readings and what they signify for reading in general, t just for literary texts. De Man explored the act of reading because in it he could bring together in order to cancel the subjects kwn as reader and writer, the referent kwn as reality, and the medium kwn as language. In the act of reading de Man, the authors of this book ask where his work leaves us, what changes he made in the world of criticism and writing in general, and what we do differently because of him.The contributors: Geoffrey Hartman, Jacques Derrida, Deborah Esch, Neil Hertz, Carol Jacobs, Kevin Newmark, Peggy Kamuf, J. Hillis Miller, Werner Hamacher, Hans Robert Jauss, Geoffrey Bennington, Bill Readings, Timothy Bahti, and Rodolphe Gasche.Lindsay Waters is General Editor at Harvard University Press. Wlad Godzich is professor of comparative literature at the Universite de Montreal and co-editor of the Theory and History of Literature series.
Wlad Godzich is dean of the Humanities Division at the University of California Santa Cruz.