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:

xi-xi

Acknowledgments
Patrick McGuinness, Priscilla Sheringham
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xii-xiv

Sources
Michael Sheringham
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xv-xviii

Introduction
Michael Sheringham
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1-27

1 From the Labyrinth of Language To the Language of the Senses: the Poetry of André Breton
Michael Sheringham
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28-51

2 Mont de piété and André Breton’s Early Poetic Development
Michael Sheringham
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52-64

3 Rimbaud in 1875 and André Breton’s ‘Forêt-Noire’
Michael Sheringham
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65-83

4 Breton and the Language of Automatism: Alterity, Allegory, Desire
Michael Sheringham
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84-100

5 Where Do Poems Come From? A Reading of Breton’s ‘Carnet’
Michael Sheringham
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101-126

6 City Space, Mental Space, Poetic Space: Paris in Breton, Benjamin and Réda
Michael Sheringham
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127-130

7 The Liberator of Desire
Michael Sheringham
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131-134

8 Le Film des durées
Michael Sheringham
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135-140

9 Foucault’s Goethe
Michael Sheringham
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141-142

10 Naissance de l’aventure surréaliste
Michael Sheringham
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143-156

11 Baudelaire, Bonnefoy, Jeanne Duval: Poetry and Ethical Lucidity
Michael Sheringham
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157-173

12 L’Amour et son double: Faces of Love in Yves Bonnefoy
Michael Sheringham
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174-185

13 Jacques Réda and the Commitments of Poetry
Michael Sheringham
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186-197

14 Raymond Queneau: The Lure of the Spiritual
Michael Sheringham
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198-218

15 Language, Colour, and the Enigma of Everydayness
Michael Sheringham
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219-228

16 Everyday Rhythms, Everyday Writing: Réda with Deleuze and Guattari
Michael Sheringham
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229-243

17 Paris — City of Names: Toponymic Trajectories and Mutable Identities
Michael Sheringham
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244-246

18 Michel Deguy
Michael Sheringham
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247-249

19 Poetry and its Double
Michael Sheringham
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250-250

20 Innovarinations
Michael Sheringham
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251-255

21 Imaginary Solutions
Michael Sheringham
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256-258

22 Discreetly Tangential
Michael Sheringham
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259-263

23 Lust in the Library
Michael Sheringham
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264-268

24 The Sailor Who Hated the Sea
Michael Sheringham
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269-274

25 The Shadows Inside: Memory, the Body, and Forgetting in Supervielle
Michael Sheringham
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275-277

26 On the Road to Reality
Michael Sheringham
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278-283

27 L’Habitant de Grignan
Michael Sheringham
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284-285

28 Apollinaire and the Livre de Peintre
Michael Sheringham
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286-287

29 Six French Poets of our Time
Michael Sheringham
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288-289

30 Péret and the Poetry of Change
Michael Sheringham
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290-291

31 Reverdy’s Horizons
Michael Sheringham
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292-293

32 Finding a Language
Michael Sheringham
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294-297

33 Bonnefoy’s Poetics
Michael Sheringham
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298-300

34 Rooted in the Oral
Michael Sheringham
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301-302

35 Surrealism and the Book
Michael Sheringham
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303-304

36 Guillevic
Michael Sheringham
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305-305

37 Surrealist Automatic Writing
Michael Sheringham
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306-306

38 A Translation of Bonnefoy
Michael Sheringham
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307-309

39 La Liberté des rues
Michael Sheringham
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310-311

40 Bataille, Sartre, Valéry, Breton
Michael Sheringham
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312-313

41 The Material and the Real
Michael Sheringham
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314-330

42 Survival and Resurgence of the Avant-Garde, or the Inf luence of Pierre Alferi on André Breton
Michael Sheringham
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331-340

43 Pierre Alferi, ‘Une défense de la poésie’
Michael Sheringham
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341-363

44 Pierre Alferi and Jakob von Uexküll: Experience and Experiment in Le Chemin familier du poisson combatif
Michael Sheringham
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364-376

45 Pierre Alferi and the Poetics of the Dissolve: Film and Visual Media in Sentimentale Journée
Michael Sheringham
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377-380

INDEX
Michael Sheringham
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Bibliography entry:

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

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

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Sheringham, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

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