Gravity and Grace
Essays for Roger Pearson

Edited by Charlie Louth and Patrick McGuinness

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

25 February 2019  •  240pp

ISBN: 978-1-781887-87-5 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781887-88-2 (paperback, 2020)  •  RRP £9.99, $12.50, €12.50

ISBN: 978-1-781887-89-9 (JSTOR ebook)

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Gravity and grace are spiritual terms, but they can also offer us a way to think about literature. Grace may mean not only the felicity and ease – what Schiller refers to as the ‘mobile beauty’ – inhabiting certain works of art, but also the sense of something given, or about to be given, by a work as we read it: something incalculable, perhaps accidental, but vital and regenerative. Like a promise, this quality also needs gravity, a sense of substance within it. The gracefulness of a dancer relies upon gravity, and the grace of a text depends on the weight of words. These matters are pursued here in essays on subjects ranging from Voltaire to Ali Smith, from Baudelaire to Beckett, not forgetting Mallarmé, and offered to Roger Pearson in honour of the grace and gravity of his own writing.

Reviews:

  • ‘A core series of contributions offers a remarkably sustained and rich reflection on the interplay between the aesthetic and ethical notions of gravity and grace.’ — Scott M. Powers, H-France 20, June 2020, no. 92

Contents:

[i]-[vi]
Gravity and Grace: Gravity and Grace
Charlie Louth, Patrick McGuinness
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[vii]-[viii]
Table of Contents
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1-4
Introduction
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5-5
Poem: A Cricket For Pirandello
Angela Leighton
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6-23
1 Traces of Grace in Contemporary Fiction: Ali Smith’s There but for the
Clare Connors
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24-27
2 Weight and Wit: The Grace of Voltaire’s Enlightenment
T. J. Reed
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28-39
3 Gravity, Grace, and Gore: French Gloves in the Nineteenth Century
Anne Green
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40-54
4 ‘Marcher droit sur un cheveu’: Tightrope Walking and Prose Poetry in Flaubert
Kate Rees
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55-69
5 Le Juste Milieu: Political Pornography in numa’s ‘pièce à porte’
Natasha Ryan
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70-84
6 ‘Grâces sataniques’: Laughter, Redemption, and Poetic Self-Awareness in Les Fleurs du mal
Kate Etheridge
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85-92
7 Quant au Livre de Mallarmé
Bertrand Marchal
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93-111
8 Gautier, Leconte, Mallarmé: Gravity Redeeming Grace?
Tim Farrant
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112-129
9 Rediscovering Beckford’s ‘Satiric Gravity’: Mallarmé’s Rehabilitation of the ‘French’ Vathek
Damian Catani
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130-145
10 Literary Translation, Responsibility, and the Linguistic Lightness of Being
Clive Scott
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146-160
11 Fighting Against the Fall: Gravity and Grace in Beckett’s Nouvelles
Adam Watt
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161-177
12 Gravity and Grace: Bonnefoy’s and Bergson’s ‘Monde-images’
Emily McLaughlin
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178-194
13 Grace and Gravity in Philippe Jaccottet
Charlie Louth
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195-206
14 Feathers, Scales, and Hollow Eggs: Lightness and Weight in Mercè Rodoreda’s La plaça del Diamant
Laura Lonsdale
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207-226
15 The Permissions of Translation
Patrick McGuinness
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227-227
Poem: Dancer
David Constantine
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228-232
INDEX
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Bibliography entry:

Louth, Charlie, and Patrick McGuinness (eds), Gravity and Grace: Essays for Roger Pearson (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Gravity and Grace: Essays for Roger Pearson, ed. by Charlie Louth and Patrick McGuinness (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Louth and McGuinness, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Louth, Charlie, and Patrick McGuinness (eds). 2019. Gravity and Grace: Essays for Roger Pearson (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Louth and McGuinness 2019: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Louth and McGuinness 2019: 21.

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