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Literature and the Expressions of Being in Merleau-Ponty’s Unpublished Course Notes
Södertörn University.
2019 (English)In: Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, ISSN 0007-1773, E-ISSN 2332-0486Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In this article I examine Merleau-Ponty’s understanding of the relation between literature, being and perception. I focus especially on two of Merleau-Ponty’s courses at Collège de France: the first course, Le monde sensible et le monde de l’expression, and the unpublished course Sur le problème de la parole. In the former Merleau-Ponty presents a new understanding of perception, according to which being is expressed in perception through the style of movement of the perceived phenomenon. In the latter he advances a notion of literary writing as an expression of the being that is itself expressed to us in perception. Through a reading of Proust’s work, he discusses how the literary writer makes his experience expressive by means of a stylisation of what is experienced. Hence, literature expresses perception through an enhancement of the expressiveness that it already contains. This capacity of literature will be the main focus of my investigation.

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2019.
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Merleau-Ponty, phenomenology, literature, aesthetics, language, Proust
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-373756DOI: 10.1080/00071773.2018.1558939OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-373756DiVA, id: diva2:1279403
Available from: 2019-01-16 Created: 2019-01-16 Last updated: 2019-01-16

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