© 2013

Thinking Poetry

Philosophical Approaches to Nineteenth-Century French Poetry

  • Editors
  • Joseph Acquisto

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Joseph Acquisto
    Pages 1-8
  3. Edward K. Kaplan
    Pages 9-24
  4. Catherine Witt
    Pages 25-42
  5. Bradley Stephens
    Pages 43-58
  6. Alain Toumayan
    Pages 59-73
  7. Ève Morisi
    Pages 75-95
  8. John McKeane
    Pages 97-111
  9. Claire Chi-ah Lyu
    Pages 113-130
  10. Emile Fromet de Rosnay
    Pages 131-147
  11. David Nowell Smith
    Pages 149-165
  12. Alison James
    Pages 167-183
  13. Joseph Acquisto
    Pages 185-201
  14. Hugues Azérad
    Pages 203-220
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 221-226

About this book


This volume of essays seeks to establish a dialogue between poetry and philosophy where each could be said to read the other and announces important new paths for a reinvigorated study of lyric poetry in the decades to come.


aesthetics ethics lyric philosophy poem poetry

About the authors

Joseph Acquisto is an associate professor of French at the Univeristy of Vermont.

Bibliographic information


"Evocative and weighty, this is not so much a book about poetry for philosophers as it is a book about philosophy for readers well acquainted with canonical French poetry." - CHOICE

"Acquisto's very useful collection helps us better appreciate the precedents behind a form of analysis that gave rise to what structuralists and poststructuralists called 'reader-response' criticism. Such criticism invites, indeed forces, readers of modern poems, including their authors, to think long and hard both about what they express as well as what they do." - Nineteenth-Century French Studies