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Bryan Alan Smyth
University of Mississippi, Main Campus (University, MS 38677-1848)
On the Literary Use of Language: Translation of French Philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Lecture Notes, 1953

Research and writing toward completion of an English translation of French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s (1908-1961) 1953 lectures notes.

This project is an annotated English translation of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s lecture notes from one of the two courses he gave during his inaugural year at the Collège de France. Merleau-Ponty is widely regarded as one of the most significant philosophers of the twentieth century, and themes from his work have been taken up into innumerable disciplines and subfields across the humanities. Studying the philosophical development of Merleau-Ponty’s work has been difficult, however, until the publication in recent years of notes from some of his Collège de France courses. These notes have proven to be invaluable resources for understanding the trajectory of Merleau-Ponty’s thought. I have recently completed an English translation for one of the courses from 1953, and I am seeking NEH support for final work on the second. Given the significance of Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy, and its wide uptake across the humanities, the resulting volume will be a very significant contribution.

Project fields:
Aesthetics; Phenomenology Existentialism; Philosophy of Language

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 7/31/2019