The first collection of texts by Paul de Man to follow the posthumous Aesthetic Ideology (1996), the title refers to de Man's Harvard thesis of the late 1950s, from which the long section on Mallarme is reproduced. Also included are texts by de Man on Stefan George, written at the same time but extracted from the dissertation due to word-length requirements, as well as essays on Rousseau, Derrida, Symbolism and Keats. These essays are all important contributions to an analysis of Romantic and Post-Romantic poetry which engaged de Man for most of his life.
Paul de Man (1919-83) was the Sterling Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Yale University. He is the author of some of the most important works of literary theory and deconstruction including Blindness and Insight, Allegories of Reading, The Rhetoric of Romanticism, and Aesthetic Ideology. Martin McQuillan is Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Analysis and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London. His recent publications include Deconstruction After 9/11 and Roland Barthes, or, The Profession of Cultural Studies.