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Paul de Man (December 6, 1919, Antwerp – December 21, 1983, New Haven, Connecticut) was a Belgian-born deconstructionist literary critic and theorist.

He began teaching at Bard College. Later, he completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University in the late 1950s. He then taught at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Zurich, before ending up on the faculty in ... more »

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  • ''The bases for historical knowledge are not empirical facts but written texts, even if these texts masquerade in the guise of wars or revolutions.''
    Paul Deman (1919-1983), Belgian-born U.S. literary critic. Lecture, September 1969. "Literary History and Literary Modernity," Blindness and Insight (...
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  • ''The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear—and even, in certain respects, would be—the most modern of critical movements.''
    Paul Deman (1919-1983), Belgian-born U.S. literary critic. lecture, September 1969; repr. In Blindness and Insight (1971, revised 1983). "Literary His...
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  • ''Literature exists at the same time in the modes of error and truth; it both betrays and obeys its own mode of being.''
    Paul Deman (1919-1983), Belgian-born U.S. literary critic. Lecture, September 1969. "Literary History and Literary Modernity," repr. In Blindness and ...
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  • ''Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.''
    Paul Deman (1919-1983), Belgian-born U.S. literary critic. "Semiology And Rhetoric," pt. 1, ch. 1, Allegories of Reading (1979).
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  • ''Literature ... is condemned (or privileged) to be forever the most rigorous and, consequently, the most reliable of terms in which man names and transforms himself.''
    Paul Deman (1919-1983), Belgian-born U.S. literary critic. "Semiology and Rhetoric," pt. 1, ch. 1, Allegories Of Reading.
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