Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

Adelaide Russo on Michel Deguy

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on May 31, 2009

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On Friday, May 1, 2009, the WGCP met with Adelaide Russo to discuss a segment of her book-in-progress on the French philosopher and poet, Michel Deguy. The chapter under consideration is provisionally entitled “La poésie limitrophe: Michel Deguy’s Gisants” which, as the title says, develops a consideration of the trope (linguistic figure) as limit or boundary in, among other texts, Deguy’s prize winning collection, Gisants (1985) which is available in Wilson Baldridge’s English translation by Wesleyan University Press (2005)–some of these poems were circulated prior to the session, in French and in English (texts available here). The essay/chapter in question may eventually take part in Adelaide’s next book, a much-needed, English language monograph on the works of Deguy, the working title of which, is Michel Deguy’s Perspicacity.

A complete detailed account of this meeting is available: WGCP Minutes, Russo/Deguy

Image: Michel Deguy and Adelaide Russo

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  1. Adelaide Russo said, on June 1, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Dear Friends,
    There are two small factual errors in the notes pertaining to my presentation. Michel Deguy was a reader for Gallimard (not les Editions du Seuil) and his participation in Critique pre-dated his association with Les Temps modernes. Again thank you for your insights and corrections. It was a very positive experience for me to share this work with you. Thank you those who compiled the notes.
    With all good wishes,
    Adelaide Russo

  2. Jean-Jacques Poucel said, on June 1, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Adelaide,

    Yes, thanks for the correction. Also, I believe I speak for the whole working group in congratualting you on your recent award: not every scholar manages to become a Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres.



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