Les reveries de lecriture chinoise Xiaofu Ding

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Les reveries de lecriture chinoise  by  Xiaofu Ding

Les reveries de lecriture chinoise by Xiaofu Ding
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This study shows why French modernist poets such as Victor Segalen, Paul Claudel and Henri Michaux were fascinated by Chinese writing. It shows as well how this fascination manifests itself as it was turned into poetry in their own works. This is notMoreThis study shows why French modernist poets such as Victor Segalen, Paul Claudel and Henri Michaux were fascinated by Chinese writing. It shows as well how this fascination manifests itself as it was turned into poetry in their own works. This is not radically new critical ground: a vast and expanding bibliography concerning these poets relation to China is available.

However, no previous critic has explicitly and systematically explored the fact that these poets musings about Chinese writing are a submerged part of a much wider Western speculation about signs, and more precisely about our imaginary and mythical conceptions of sign systems. Western speculations and fantasizing about the Chinese writing have been taking place for the best part of four centuries, mostly on the basis of insufficient or erroneous information.

European thinkers, especially poets, have fantasized about the Chinese character, its graphic structure, and its mimetic potential- they have also devoted attention to the gestural aspect of Chinese writing in its materiality, as it is put into play by calligraphers. They have also speculated about Chinese poetry, and the use to which it puts such imaginary grammatical features as the absence of syntax in Chinese, and the fixity of this languages morphology.

Whenever modern Western poetry, having undergone a serious crisis as it ceased being mainly narrative and mimetic at the end of the 19th Century, sought to achieve a new founding doctrine, some poets turned to Chinese writing for a model.-The dissatisfaction experienced by our three poets with respect to alphabetical writing is also part of this extensive Western debate concerning the status of Writing, and its relationship to Speech. This debate extends at least as far back as Plato and extends to Derrida, by way of Leibniz, Rousseau and Saussure.

My study shows precisely how my poets theoretical and poetic writings contribute to this ongoing debate, as it feeds modern speculations about literature, especially within the French tradition that runs from Mallarme to the Tel Quel avant-garde of the seventies, as well as experimental media poetry of our days.



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