Kerr, Greg (2010) Rhetorics of transformation in Rimbaud's Illuminations. Dix-Neuf, 14 (1). pp. 20-32. ISSN 1478-7318Full text not available from this repository.
This article considers the figure of the poet as described in the second of Rimbaud's lettres du voyant as a 'multiplicateur de progrès'. The poetic 'multiplication' to which Rimbaud refers is not intended to reflect a calculated conduct, but to suggest an uncontainable, multidirectional activity that is at variance with the uniform spatio-temporal patterns of 'Progress'. Rimbaud's Illuminations consistently reappropriate, fragment and redeploy a progressive or utopian rhetoric common to many nineteenth-century popular movements and doctrines of social reform. For Rimbaud, this rhetoric of social transformation holds a peculiar potential to solicit an economy of residual energies and the latent forces of the collectivity. It thus serves an important constitutive function in the Rimbaldian prose poem, projecting a highly suggestive vision of physical and social interaction and a miscellany of slogans, catchwords and images of social harmony that Rimbaud fragments and redeploys to catalyze the processes of imaginative ferment.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Dix-Neuf|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||RHETORIC ; RIMBAUD ; UTOPIA ; ILLUMINATIONS ; PROGRESS ; TRANSFORMATION ; SAINT-SIMONIAN ; PROSE POEM|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures|
|Deposited By:||Mr Richard Ingham|
|Deposited On:||10 Sep 2010 15:49|
|Last Modified:||13 Jan 2016 12:30|
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