Guide to the Paul de Man Papers MS.C.004
|1919||Paul Adolph Michel de Man born in Antwerp on December 6th.|
|1937||Enters L'Ecole Polytechnique at the University of Brussels to study engineering.|
|1938||Transfers to the Faculty of Sciences at the Free University to study chemistry.|
|1939||Cahiers du Libre Examen|
|1940||Blitzkrieg invasion of Belgium. Paul de Man flees to Southern France.|
|1940||Cahiers du Libre Examen|
|1940||Returns to Brussels after being refused entry into Spain.|
|1943||Exercice du silence|
|1945||Starts a publishing house called Editions Hermès, which specialized in fine press editions of art books.|
|1945||Called before the tribunal established to investigate wrongdoing during the war. No charges filed against de Man.|
|1948||Arrives in New York City and takes job at Doubleday Bookstore in Grand Central Station.|
|1949||Begins teaching French at Bard College, where he remained until 1951.|
|1951||Teaches French at Berlitz School in Boston.|
|1952||Enters Harvard Graduate School.|
|1954||Receives M.A. from Harvard.|
|1954||Becomes Junior Fellow in Harvard's Society of Fellows.|
|1954||Teaches courses as a lecturer.|
|1960||Receives Ph. D. from Harvard with a dissertation entitled "Mallarmé, Yeats, and the Post-Romantic Predicament."|
|1960||Moves to Cornell to accept a faculty position. Remains associated with Cornell until 1969.|
|1963||Becomes Ordinarius for Comparative Literature at the University of Zurich and works with Emil Staiger and Georges Poulet. Holds this position until 1970.|
|1965||Delivers "Heaven and Earth in Wordsworth and Holderlin" at Modern Language Association panel, entitled "Romanticism and Religion," chaired by Geoffrey Hartman.|
|1967||Delivers "The Gauss Seminar" at Princeton University:|
|1967 April 6||"Romanticism and Demystification"|
|1967 April 13||"Rousseau and the Transcendence of Self"|
|1967 April 20||"The Problem of Aesthetic Totality in Holderlin"|
|1967 April 27||"Nature and History in Wordsworth"|
|1967 May 4||"Natural Imagery and Figural Diction"|
|1967 May 11||"The Romantic Heritage: Allegory and Irony in Baudelaire"|
|1968||Becomes Professor of Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.|
|1970||Leaves Hopkins and joins faculty at Yale University in the Department of French.|
|1971||Blindness and Insight: Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism|
|1973||On leave in Zurich for the academic year on Senior Faculty Fellowship.|
|1974||Begins a three-year appointment as Chairman of Yale's Department of French.|
|1975||Jacques Derrida joins the faculty at Yale.|
|1977||Delivers "The Concept of Irony" at Ohio State University on April 4.|
|1978||Delivers "Shelly Disfigured" in Geneva.|
|1979||Allegories of Reading: Figural Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke, and Proust|
|1979||Teaches a course at University of Chicago during the spring semester.|
|1979||Appointed Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature and French at Yale.|
|1981||Trilling Seminar at Columbia University. Frank Kermode delivered "To Keep the Road Open," followed by responses by M.H. Abrams and Paul de Man, "Blocking the Road: A Response to Frank Kermode."|
|1981||Delivers "Murray Krieger: A Commentary" at Northwestern University.|
|1981||Delivers "Kant and the Problem of the Aesthetic" at the Modern Language Association convention in New York City.|
|1983||über das Marionettentheater|
|1983||Blindness and Insight: Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism|
|1983||Dies of cancer on December 21st.|
|1984||The Rhetoric of Romanticism|
|1993||Romanticism and Contemporary Criticism: The Gauss Seminars and Other Papers|
- Series 1. Student work, circa 1952-circa 1960. 1.2 linear feet
- Series 2. Early writings, 1948-1982. 1.0 linear feet
- Series 3. Later writings, circa 1972-1983. 1.2 linear feet
- Series 4. Editorial work, 1965-1983. 0.4 linear feet
- Series 5. Teaching files, 1957-1983. 3.4 linear feet
- Series 6. Correspondence, 1955-1984. 1.2 linear feet
- Series 7. Topical files, circa 1950-1983. 0.6 linear feet
- Some offprints and monographs by other authors were removed to the Critical Theory Offprint Collection (MS-C07) or have been cataloged separately in Special Collections and Archives.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Student work Series 1. circa 1952-circa 1960
Student materials circa 1952-1955
"The concept of form in some associationist writers: Alexander Gerard, Archibald Alison, and Abraham Tucker," for Professor Walter Jackson Bate 1953 May
"Taine and Baudelaire," for Professor W.M. Frohock 1953 August
"Achill by Friedrich Hölderlin," for Professor Hugo
"Bachelard and Burke," for Professor Harry Levin 1954 January
Essay on Keats 1954
First draft 1954
Final version 1954
"Yeats and the German romantic tradition"
"W.B. Yeats and the French symbolists"
Essay on Stefan George and Stephan Mallarmé 1952 December
Essay on Stefan George and Friedrich Hölderlin
"Mallarmé's Igitur, an exegesis," 1953
"Criticism of Faust in the George-Circle (George-Gundolf Kommerell)"
"Landscape in Wordsworth's sonnets"
"Wordsworth and Arnold"
"The fall of Adam and Eve"
Notes on Yeats, "National Dublin Library"
List of Harvard Junior Fellows for 1954-1955 circa 1954
Ph.D. Dissertation, "Mallarmé, Yeats, and the post-romantic predicament" 1960
"Introduction to the post-romantic predicament"
Material on Yeats
"W. B. Yeats"
Bibliography for Yeats
"Yeats II, preparation for Faust article," notebook
Material on Mallarmé
Material on Stefan George
"Part III: Stefan George"
"Stefan George final reading," notebook
Description of dissertation
Introduction to unidentified text
Paper on Symbolism with cover letter to Harry Levin
Notes on Yeats and Mallarmé
Notes on graduate research
Early writings Series 2. 1948-1982
Uncollected articles 1948-1966
The Drawings of Paul Valéry," French translation by Richard Howard
"Montaigne et la transcendence," offprint
"La Critique thématique devant le thème de Faust"
"What is modern," review of Richard Ellmann and Charles Feidelson, Jr., eds., The modern tradition: Backgrounds of modern literature
"The notebooks of Albert Camus"
"Mme. de Staël and Jean-Jacques Rousseau"
English translation with revisions
"The literature of nihilism"
"The German tradition"
"Modern poetics: French and German"
"Continental 20th century poetics"
Critical writings, 1953-1978
Collected writings 1966-1982
Blindness and insight, 2nd ed.
"The dead-end of formalist criticism" ("Impasse de la critique formaliste")
"Impersonality in the criticism of Maurice Blanchot"
"Interpretation et oubli dans la critique de Maurice Blanchot"
"La Circularité de l'interpretation dans l'oeuvre critique de Maurice Blanchot"
"Form and intent in the American new criticism"
First draft titled "Rhétorique des formes et des mythes dans la critique amèricaine"
Final version, titled "New criticism et nouvelle critique"
"Georg Lukác's Theory of the novel"
"Criticism and crisis"
Offprint, titled "The Crisis of Contemporary Criticism"
"Ludwig Binswager and the sublimation of self," "Ludwig Binswager et le moi poétique"
"The literary self as origin: the work of Georges Poulet"
French version titled "Verité et méthod dans l'oeuvre de Georges Poulet"
"The rhetoric of temporality"
"Allégorie et symbole dans le pré-romantisme"
"Lyric and Modernity," offprint
"The rhetoric of blindness and insight"
"Jacques Derrida, De la grammatologie," offprint
"Rhétorique de la cécité: Derrida lecteur de Rousseau," offprint
"On Reading Rousseau," offprint
"Literature and language: a commentary"
"Review of Harold Bloom's The anxiety of influence"
"Table of Contents"
"Introduction: Caution! Reader at work!" by Wlad Godzich
"The rhetoric of temporality"
"Chapter 10: The rhetoric of temporality"
"Heidegger's exegeses of Hölderlin," translated by Wlad Godzich
"Chapter 12: Heidegger's exegeses of Höderlin"
Review of Harold Bloom's Anxiety of influence
"Appendix A: review of Harold Bloom's Anxiety of influence"
"Appendix B: Literature and language: a commentary"
Index to Blindness and insight
Rhetoric of romanticism
"Intentional structure of the romantic image," "Structure intentionnelle de l'Image romantique," offprint
"Symbolic landscape in Wordsworth and Yeats"
"Wordsworth and Hölderlin"
English version, translation by Timothy Bahti
German version, translation by Hans-Jost Frey
"Wordsworth and the Victorians"
Final version, titled "Wordsworth"
"The image of Rousseau in the poetry of Hölderlin"
Unpublished material circa 1948-1972
Unpublished work undated
"The double aspect of symbolism" undated
Editor's final version
"Hölderlin and the romantic tradition" undated
"Heaven and earth in Wordsworth and Hölderlin" undated
"Roland Barthes and the limits of structuralism" undated
"The unimaginable touch of time: studies in European romanticism" undated
"The contemporary criticism of romanticism"
"Rousseau and the transcendence of self"
"Rousseau and Madame de Staël"
"Image of Rousseau in poetry of Hölderlin"
"Patterns of temporality in Hölderlin's 'Wie wenn am Feiertage'"
"Wordsworth and Hölderlin"
"Allegory and irony in Baudelaire"
"Rhetoric of Temporality: Romantic Allegory"
"Report on W. Ruland's America as metaphor" undated
"The present state of comp. lit. in the U.S." undated
"Contemporary criticism in the light of Madame Bovary" undated
Colloquium on Literary Criticism held at Yale University, discussion highlights 1965 March 25-27
Publisher correspondence undated
Miscellaneous notes undated
Keats and Hölderlin
Wordsworth and Rousseau
German literary studies
Unidentified reading notes
Later writings Series 3. circa 1972-1983
Allegories of reading
"Proust et l'allégorie de la lecture"
"Genesis and genealogy (Nietzsche)"
"Metaphor ( Second discourse)," "Theory of Metaphor in Rousseau's Second discourse"
"Semiology and rhetoric"
"Rhetoric of persuasion (Nietzsche)"
"Action and identity in Nietzsche"
"Nietzsche's principle of non-identity"
"Allegory of Reading ( Profession de foi)"
"'The timid god' on Rousseau's Profession de foi du Vicaire Savoyard," offprint
"Political Allegory in Rousseau," Chapter 11: "Promises ( Social Contract)"
"Excuses ( Confessions)"
"Chapter VII: the purloined ribbon, autobiography as text"
Rhetoric of romanticism
"The disfiguration of romanticism"
"Autobiography as de-facement"
"Anthropomorphism and trope in the lyric"
First draft, titled "Epistemology and ideology of tropes/anthropomorphism and anamorphosis"
"Aesthetic formalization: Kleist's #252;ber das Marionettentheater"
The resistance to theory
"The resistance to theory"
"Literary theory, aims and methods"
"Hypogram and inscription"
"Reading and history"
"The return to philology," "Professing literature"
"Dialogue and dialogism"
Publication agreement and correspondence
"Resistance to Literary Theory," lecture delivered at Oregon State University, audio recording 1981
"The epistemology of metaphor"
Offprints, German translation by Werner Hamacher
"Pascal's allegory of persuasion"
"Sign and symbol in Hegel's Aesthetics"
German translation with receipt of 1982 honorarium for lecture at Zürich 1982 May 3
Raymond Geuss on "Sign and symbol in Hegel's Aesthetics"
Review of manuscript
Published reply 1981
"Hegel on the sublime"
Raymond Geuss' "Comment on Paul de Man's 'Hegel on the sublime'"
"Reply to Raymond Geuss"
"Phenomenality and materiality in Kant"
Rodolphe Gasché's "Response to Paul de Man, 'Phenomenality and materiality in Kant'"
"Concept of Irony"
"Ironies of Allegory," miscellaneous notes
"Kant & Schiller," outline and notes
Table of contents for Aesthetics, rhetoric, ideology; The resistance to theory; Blindness and insight; and Allegories of reading
"Forward." From Carol Jacobs's The dissimulating harmony 1978
"Georges Poulet." From Modern language notes 1982
"A reply to Stanley Corngold." From Critical inquiry 1982
"Lyrical Voice in Contemporary Theory"
"Interview with Paul de Man," offprint
Romanticism and contemporary criticism
"'A waking dream': The symbolic alternative to allegory," by Murray Krieger, with de Man's marginalia
"Murray Krieger: a commentary," response to Krieger's essay
"To keep the road open: reflection on a theme of Lionel Trilling," by Frank Kermode
"Blocking the road," response to Kermode
Final version, titled "Clearing the Road"
Rousseau et le romantisme anglais 1978 May 28
Table of contents for "Textual Allegories"
"II. The Self (Narcissus and Pygmalion)," typescript
Translation of Derrida's "Survivre"
Derrida and Freud
Genette, Figures III
Literary theory and studies
Phenomenological criticism and semiotics
New York Armory Show of 1913
Editorial work Series 4. 1965-1983
Published monographs 1965-1983
Oeuvres complètes de Rainer Maria Rilke
Translations of Rilke into French by translators other than de Man
"Rainer Maria Rilke, les Elégies de Duino (Duinser Elegien)"
"Preface to Madame Bovary"
Fragments and notes
"A note on translation"
The selected poetry of Keats
Unpublished monographs 1970-1978
"Modernism in literature"
"Table of Contents"
Viking Portable Rousseau
Front matter, manuscript
Front matter, edited typescripts
"Introduction to the Viking Portable Rousseau," manuscript
"Introduction to the Viking Portable Rousseau, transcript by E.S. Burt"
"Rousseau," edited typescript
"Rousseau," final typescript
"Essay on the Origin of Language," manuscript
"Essay on the Origin of Language," edited copies
"Pygmalion," edited typescripts
Preface to Julie or La Nouvelle Heloise, edited typescripts
Preface to Julie or La Nouvelle Heloise, edited copies
Julie or La Nouvelle Heloise, manuscript
Julie or La Nouvelle Heloise, edited typescripts and copies
Julie or La Nouvelle Heloise, complete edited draft
"On Public Happiness," copy
"Four Letters to Monsieur de Malesherbes," edited typescripts and copies
"First Outline for the Confessions," edited typescripts and copies
Publishers correspondence 1972-1986
Teaching files Series 5. 1957-1983
European romanticism III (Zurich) 1963-1964
Übungen, Valèry/Rilke/W. Stevens (Zurich) 1964
Rilke and George (Zurich); Hölderlin (Cornell). 1964-1965
Eighteenth-century novel, Rousseau, Mme. de-Stael (Zurich) 1965
Eighteenth-century novel (Zurich) 1965-1966
Eighteenth-century novel, Marivaux, Sterne, Wieland (Zurich) 1965-1966
European romanticism, Keats and Kleist (Zurich) 1965-1966
Narcissus (Geneva); Keats and Kleist II (Zurich) 1965-1966
Twentieth-century novel (Zurich) 1966
Gide and James II (Zurich) 1966
Gide and James III (Zurich) 1966
Nouvelle Héloïse, Die Wahlverwandtshaft (Zurich) 1966
Hawthorne and James II (Zurich); James and Proust I (Zurich) 1967-1968
Baudelaire (Cornell); Untitled notebook (Zurich) 1967-1968
Irony II (Zurich) 1967-1968
Untitled notebook (Zurich); Rilke and Shelley (Zurich) 1967-1968
James and Proust (Zurich) 1968
Derrida, etc. (Zurich) 1968-1969
Modernity I (Zurich) 1968-1969
Narcissus, Coleridge, Hazlit, Schlegel; Modernity I (Zurich); Proust (Zurich) 1968-1969
Rousseau and Nietzsche (Johns Hopkins); Eigenart der literarischen (Zurich) 1969-1971
Rousseau (Yale); Proust (Yale) 1971-1972
Methodology (Zurich) circa 1973-1974
Nietzsche (Zurich); Eighteenth-century novel (Yale) 1973-1974
Rousseau (Berlin) circa 1973-1974
Theories of language in 18th century (Yale) 1975
Rhetorical readings (Yale); Irony (Yale) 1975-1976
Gide (Yale) 1975
Epistemology of metaphor (Yale) 1977
Lit Z (Yale) 1977
Rhetoric of romanticism (Konstanz) 1978
Lyric: Baudelaire, Yeats, Rilke (Constanz) 1978
Autobiography (Yale) 1978
Baudelaire and Rimbaud (Zurich) 1978
Baudelaire/Rilke/Yeats, Theory of Rhetorique (Chicago) 1979
Descartes and Pascal (Yale) 1979
Lit 130 b (Lit Z), with J. Hillis Miller (Yale); Hegel (Yale) 1979-1980
Rhetorical readings (Yale); Kleist (Irvine) 1979
Hegel and English romanticism, with Hartman (Yale) 1980
NEH Seminar 1981
School of Criticism seminar; Kant and Schiller (Schlegel) (Yale) 1982
Theory of rhetoric in the 18th and 20th centuries (Yale) 1983
Keats, Mme. Bovary
List of "cahiers"
Course materials 1957-1981
CL 160, "The Symbolist Movement" 1957-1958 Fall
CL 159 1957-1958 Spring
CL 162 1958-1959 Spring
CL 160 1959-1960 Fall
Lectures on Yeats
"Yeats on measurement"
"Yeats and myth"
"Yeats on love"
"Yeats and Ireland"
"Yeats and history"
Committee on Degrees in History and Literature: examination for the degree of A.B., Part I 1960
CL 800a, "Autobiography," class list
Rousseau and Nietzsche, teaching notes circa 1971-1972
Lit 130 (Yale University), lecture
Lit 130 (Yale University), lecture on Proust circa 1980-1981
"Lit Z," drafts of proposal to create Yale undergraduate literature course
Humanities 6, course materials
"Texts for Chicago"
Correspondence Series 6. 1955-1984
1972 January - October
1973 January - February
1973 March - April
1975 January - July
1975 August - December
1978 January - March
1978 April - Jun
1978 July - September
1979 January - February
1979 March - April
1979 May - August
1979 September - October
1979 November - December
1980 February - March
1980 May - July
1980 August - October
1981 January - March
1981 April - May
1981 July - September
1981 October - November
1982 February - June
1982 July - August
1983 April - June
1983 July - December
Drafts of De Man's outgoing correspondence undated
Family correspondence 1976-1983
Topical files Series 7. circa 1950-1983
Official appointment to Yale University
Guggenheim Fellowship materials
Concilium on International and Area Studies, Faculty Research Grant materials
American Academy of Arts and Letters, certificate
Job descriptions for possible openings at UCI 1975 June
Official leave of absence memo circa 1981-1982
Reviews of manuscripts
Vance, C. The extravagant shepherd
Wheelock, Carter. The mythmaker
Ziolkowski, Theodor. Disenchanted images
Modern Language Association publications
Curriculum vitae 1973-circa 1978
Portrait circa 1950
With family members circa 1950-1983
List of potential homes
Texts by other authors
De Campos, Haroldo
Lautréamont, Comte de
Collage upon leaving Cornell circa 1970
Fourth International Congress on the Enlightenment," program 1975
Concept of irony, flyer 1977
Starobinski visit to Yale, schedule 1978
Yale French Department newsletter 1981
Deconstruction and its alternatives, with De Man's lecture "Kant on the Sublime," program 1983
Whitney Humanities Center, brochure circa 1983-1984