Tuesday, October 22, 2013

de man, further deconstructed

A new book on transcontinental post-European Paul De Man, by an angry Barish, has him in greater detail as a narcissist, grifter, careerist, and leaver of women and children whose academic credentials were hardly in order even as he found plentiful spare hours for staring into mirrors at his beautiful self.

I've nothing to add other than an anecdotal detail from his descent into 1970s New Haven. And that's as to the specific accusation of Paul's fascistic turn toward grade inflation, when an offended A-w/honors grad student accosted him about this, the post-propagandizing Professor shot back, "Fight for your D, Man."

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