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Mallarmé and Circumstance: The Translation of Silence

Roger Pearson


This book is the second in the two-volume study of the work of Stéphanie Mallarmé (1842–1898). For Mallarmé, in a world without God, the role of the poet is to break the silence with language and to confer upon the contingency of circumstance a therapeutic semblance of formal and semantic pattern. Literature provides a ‘translation of silence’, ‘intimate galas’ in which the mysterious drama of the human condition is performed for and by the reader on the stage of the verse poem, the prose poem, and what Mallarmé calls the ‘poëme critique’. In Part 1, the book examines the prose poems within th ... More

Keywords: Mallarmé, God, translation of silence, circumstanzas, Tombeaux, Hommages, Eventails, vers de circonstance, poetic structures, the human condition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199266746
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266746.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Pearson, author
Professor of French at Oxford University and Fellow of Queen's College.
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