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Naming Melancholy : le monde nocturne des Notebooks de S.T. Coleridge

Abstract : The mosaic-writing of Coleridge’s Notebooks, made of poetic fragments, metaphysical thoughts, quotes, descriptions of places, sketches, literary projects, reflects the extreme diversity, richness and complexity of Coleridge’s thought. The process of private writing was for Coleridge as much an exploration of the formed matter as of the unformed. The graphic and textual material of the Notebooks reveals his desire of piercing into the depths of the natural world, of going beyond the visible to have a glimpse at this spark of divinity present in every man’s soul. The complexity of the act of seeing in the Notebooks raises questions though about the act of being in the world. How does the gaze affect the way the subject finds a habitation in the world? This question finds a semantic echo in the romantic act of “naming places”. The gradual disappearance of the names of places in the Notebooks may be related to an impossible rooting of the body in the natural world and thus an impossible poetic relation to the world and to the other. The Nocturnal then gradually becomes the privileged moment and writing in the Notebooks, a hopeless attempt to give substance to this vanishing point which is at the heart of melancholia.
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Kimberley Page-Jones. Naming Melancholy : le monde nocturne des Notebooks de S.T. Coleridge. Textes et Contextes, Université de Bourgogne, Centre Interlangues TIL, 2014, Le Temps guérit toutes les blessures : La Résistance à l'autorité de l'Histoire dans les concepts de nation et de nationalisme, https://preo.u-bourgogne.fr/textesetcontextes/index.php?id=1146. ⟨hal-01419862⟩

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