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Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
Robert G. Cohn (Project Director: March 1970 to present)

A book on Arthur Rimbaud

Study of the complete works of Rimbaud; meets difficulties of interpretation head-on as it proposes the first "word by word" study of Rimbaud ABSTRACT: Study of complete worlds of Rimbaud, meets difficulties of interpretation head-on a proposes first "word by word" study of Rimbaud. Method one of totaly responsibility to text; approach is integral and phenomenological, i.e., complete open-mindedness plus synthetic view which sees every element in a life, life-work as connected, ideally and theoretically. Study begins with a 60-page introduction, outlining method, overall approach and giving synthetic view of Rimbaud's temperament and career. Then each poem, in chronological order, treated seperately and in light of total approach. Proposes variety of critical methods; creative condition proper (reliving a given deep experirence); anthropological (few poets have equalled Rimbaud's capacity to generate modern myth); political (numerous revolutionary poems); or purely aesthetic. Of all 19th century French poets, Rimbaud considered most relevant to our times; today's youth powerfully to him, thus, understanding of his psychology, vision, art can be help to understanding contemporary times. Author's four books on Mallarme, using same method and approach, recognized by authorities as "opening new era" in Mallarme criticism. Proposes to do same for Rimbaud. Funds for travel abroad, salary.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Basic Research

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$7,846 (approved)
$7,846 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/1970 – 9/30/1970