Perpetual Motion
Studies in French Poetry from Surrealism to the Postmodern

Michael Sheringham

Selected Essays 2

Legenda

25 May 2017  •  398pp

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Perpetual Motion is a collection of studies which aims to offer new sightlines between surrealism, the age of André Breton (1896-1966), and the postmodernism of such contemporary poets as Pierre Alferi (1963-). For Sheringham, a sense of motion and plasticity flows through the last century of French poetry, and reveals itself through themes of rhythm, inspiration, sensation, love, colour and the city, both as an imaginative space and an incitement to new identities and ways of being in the world. It has been a rich century indeed for French poetry, and, in addition to Breton and Alferi, talents as singular yet also as representative as Victor Segalen, Guillaume Apollinaire, Raymond Queneau, Jules Supervielle, Yves Bonnefoy, Philippe Jaccottet, Jacques Roubaud, Michel Deguy and Jacques Réda all make appearances in these pages.

Michael Sheringham was Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford from 2004 to 2015, and was Fellow of All Souls College and a Fellow of the British Academy. His book Everyday Life (2006), a literary and philosophical investigation into the elusive nature of the quotidian, is widely considered a classic of modern scholarly writing.

Reviews:

  • ‘Sheringham s’y révèle un maître de l’art du compte rendu... Ce livre si riche en intuitions, détours, élucidations et remarquables traductions, se lira aussi comme l’art poétique d’un grand critique.’ — Jean Khalfa, French Studies 73.1, 145 (full text online)
  • ‘Here is a reader finely attuned to the myriad ways in which poetry seeks out new encounters with reality through endless linguistic experimentation and play... it is his ability to unlock the detail of what poetry accordingly helps concretize and crystallize, mentally, spiritually and emotionally, that will stimulate and delight those guided from essay to essay on an adventure ever in the making.’ — Michael Brophy, Irish Journal of French Studies 18, 2018, 229-30
  • ‘Poignant and richly rewarding... [Sheringham] offers an authoritative view of current academic study of a vast number of authors, major and minor, writing on almost the entire Surrealist and post-Surrealist constellation.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 55.3, July 2019, 356-57
  • ‘Questa scelta, in parte postuma, di scritti conferma in definitiva, per la varietà e ricchezza degli argomenti trattati e per l’acuità dello sguardo del suo A., la qualità di una ricerca che ha sempre rifuggito troppo facili schematismi per affrontare dimensioni assai diverse del poetico come quella oracolare, mistica o linguisticamente trasgressiva con eguale curiosità intellettuale e finezza d’analisi.’ — Fabio Scotto, Studi francesi 188, 2020, 396

Contents:

i-vi
Perpetual Motion: Perpetual Motion
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vii-x
Table of Contents
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xi-xi
Acknowledgments
Patrick McGuinness, Priscilla Sheringham
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xii-xiv
Sources
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xv-xviii
Introduction
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1-27
1 From the Labyrinth of Language To the Language of the Senses: the Poetry of André Breton
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28-51
2 Mont de piété and André Breton’s Early Poetic Development
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52-64
3 Rimbaud in 1875 and André Breton’s ‘Forêt-Noire’
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65-83
4 Breton and the Language of Automatism: Alterity, Allegory, Desire
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84-100
5 Where Do Poems Come From? A Reading of Breton’s ‘Carnet’
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101-126
6 City Space, Mental Space, Poetic Space: Paris in Breton, Benjamin and Réda
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127-130
7 The Liberator of Desire
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131-134
8 Le Film des durées
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135-140
9 Foucault’s Goethe
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141-142
10 Naissance de l’aventure surréaliste
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143-156
11 Baudelaire, Bonnefoy, Jeanne Duval: Poetry and Ethical Lucidity
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157-173
12 L’Amour et son double: Faces of Love in Yves Bonnefoy
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174-185
13 Jacques Réda and the Commitments of Poetry
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186-197
14 Raymond Queneau: The Lure of the Spiritual
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198-218
15 Language, Colour, and the Enigma of Everydayness
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219-228
16 Everyday Rhythms, Everyday Writing: Réda with Deleuze and Guattari
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229-243
17 Paris — City of Names: Toponymic Trajectories and Mutable Identities
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244-246
18 Michel Deguy
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247-249
19 Poetry and its Double
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250-250
20 Innovarinations
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251-255
21 Imaginary Solutions
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256-258
22 Discreetly Tangential
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259-263
23 Lust in the Library
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264-268
24 The Sailor Who Hated the Sea
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269-274
25 The Shadows Inside: Memory, the Body, and Forgetting in Supervielle
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275-277
26 On the Road to Reality
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278-283
27 L’Habitant de Grignan
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284-285
28 Apollinaire and the Livre de Peintre
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286-287
29 Six French Poets of our Time
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288-289
30 Péret and the Poetry of Change
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290-291
31 Reverdy’s Horizons
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292-293
32 Finding a Language
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294-297
33 Bonnefoy’s Poetics
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298-300
34 Rooted in the Oral
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301-302
35 Surrealism and the Book
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303-304
36 Guillevic
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305-305
37 Surrealist Automatic Writing
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306-306
38 A Translation of Bonnefoy
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307-309
39 La Liberté des rues
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310-311
40 Bataille, Sartre, Valéry, Breton
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312-313
41 The Material and the Real
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314-330
42 Survival and Resurgence of the Avant-Garde, or the Inf luence of Pierre Alferi on André Breton
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331-340
43 Pierre Alferi, ‘Une défense de la poésie’
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341-363
44 Pierre Alferi and Jakob von Uexküll: Experience and Experiment in Le Chemin familier du poisson combatif
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364-376
45 Pierre Alferi and the Poetics of the Dissolve: Film and Visual Media in Sentimentale Journée
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377-380
INDEX
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Bibliography entry:

Sheringham, Michael, Perpetual Motion: Studies in French Poetry from Surrealism to the Postmodern, Selected Essays, 2 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017)

First footnote reference: 35 Perpetual Motion: Studies in French Poetry from Surrealism to the Postmodern, michael Sheringham, Selected Essays, 2 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Sheringham, p. 47.

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Sheringham, Michael. 2017. Perpetual Motion: Studies in French Poetry from Surrealism to the Postmodern, Selected Essays, 2 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Sheringham 2017: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Sheringham 2017: 21.

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