Philosophy's broken mirror: genre theory and the strange place of poetry and the poem from Plato to Badiou

Dowd, Garin (2015) Philosophy's broken mirror: genre theory and the strange place of poetry and the poem from Plato to Badiou. In: Genre Trajectories: Identifying, Mapping, Projecting. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 11-28. ISBN 9781137505477

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Abstract

This chapter explores the rather striking manner in which at key moments in the history of philosophy, in the discipline’s attempts at self-definition, the genre or literary form of poetry plays a key role. Philosophy, at these moments, has been defined, inter alia, as the enemy of poetry, the guiding light for the philosopher who can only try and inevitably fail to emulate its brilliance, or as the anomalous guest at the philosophical table with whom the host discipline has relations which result in either generative or degenerative effects. Insofar as it lays claim to or liaises with philosophy – as we have come to know it today – poetry has thus played a part in the self-definition of genre theory. The aim of this chapter is to capture a very specific set of transfers, transpositions, metonymies and other modes of reversible relations of substitution and surrogacy between philosophy and poetry, and along the way between genre-theory-as-philosophy and poetry.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Literature
Philosophy
Depositing User: Garin Dowd
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2015 16:43
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2017 14:55
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1276

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