Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness

Sam Bootle

Research Monographs in French Studies 54

Legenda

25 May 2018  •  180pp

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In late nineteenth-century France, the pessimist philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer and Eduard von Hartmann was often portrayed as a disease-like force infecting the French body politic. For many French writers, however, German philosophy’s ‘otherness’ was a source of fascination, and foremost among them was Jules Laforgue. This monograph, the first full-length study of Laforgue in English for 25 years, reveals how Laforgue’s formative encounter with Schopenhauer and Hartmann was crucially informed by ideas of otherness, ideas that were associated not only with their work but also with German culture in general, and with the Eastern thought that both philosophers drew on. Through close textual analysis, the book shows how Laforgue’s dynamic engagement with philosophical thought – manifest in his highly innovative verse as well as his unpublished notes – is bound up with a challenge to nationalistic thinking.

Sam Bootle is an Assistant Professor in French Studies at the University of Durham.

Reviews:

  • ‘This is the first full-length study of Laforgue to be published in English since Anne Holmes’s Jules Laforgue and Poetic Innovation (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993). For all that anglophone scholarship has contributed in the intervening twenty-five years to the critical picture of a poet best known for his pioneering vers libre, it has lacked the sustained depth and breadth of attention that Sam Bootle’s excellent monograph offers... Through its own openness to Laforgue’s intellectual eclecticism, this book offers a necessary and compelling account of a poet far more widely recognized for his formal experimentation than for his very particular brand of culture critique.’ — Claire White, French Studies 73.3, July 2019, 471-72 (full text online)
  • ‘Ecco qui la monografia di un giovane ricercatore incentrata sulla presenza della filosofia tedesca e orientale nella produ- zione di Jules Laforgue. Lo studio è così convincente che un suo capitolo, volto in lingua francese, è entrato a far parte di un recentissimo numero (2, 2017) della “Revue d’Histoire littéraire de la France” coordinato da Henri Scepi e dedicato a Laforgue, Poésie et Philosophie. A fine volume, l’indice dei nomi, concetti e titoli evi- denzia che, in questo luogo, l’indagine è di più ampio spettro, coinvolgendo sia l’opera in versi che l’opera in prosa di Jules Laforgue.’ — Alessandra Marangoni, Studi francesi 188, 2020, 383
  • ‘Bootle’s fine monograph brings us fresh and valuable perspec- tives on Laforgue’s infinitely intriguing poetry, prose, and, above all, philosophical engagement with the world.’ — Alexandra K. Wettlaufer, Modern Language Review 115.3, July 2020, 726-27 (full text online)

Contents:

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Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness: Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness
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Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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Introduction
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21-49
Chapter 1 the Reception of German Philosophy in Nineteenth-Century France
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50-74
Chapter 2 Otherness and the Suffering Body
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75-96
Chapter 3 Germany and the Forest As Other
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97-123
Chapter 4 the Eastern Other (1): Multiplicity
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124-146
Chapter 5 the Eastern Other (2): Nothingness
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147-155
Conclusion
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156-164
Bibliography
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165-170
Index
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Bootle, Sam, Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness, Research Monographs in French Studies, 54 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Sam Bootle, Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness, Research Monographs in French Studies, 54 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

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Bootle, Sam. 2018. Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness, Research Monographs in French Studies, 54 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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