Forged Genealogies

Saint-John Perse's Conversations with Culture

By Carol Rigolot

Forged Genealogies

280 pp., 6.125 x 9.25

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9275-6
    Published: January 2002

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Distributed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Romance Studies

According to Carol Rigolot, reading the work of Nobel Prize-winning poet Saint-John Perse (1887-1975) is not unlike eavesdropping on a telephone conversation in which only one side is audible. His poems are antiphonal, and even polyphonic, works where interlocutors are almost always reduced to anonymity. In this book, Rigolot analyzes the poet's multiple strategies of dialogue, capturing his conversations with a surprising range of people--from biblical figures and ancient Greek and Roman authors to artists as diverse as Dante and Shakespeare, Chateaubriand and Hugo, Audubon, Whitman, Poe, Baudelaire, Verne, Mallarme, Gaughin, Rimbaud, Loti, Claudel, Valery, Segalen, and Braque.

About the Author

Carol Rigolot is executive director of the Humanities Council at Princeton University and lecturer in Romance languages and literatures.
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