By Michael Finkenthal
Benjamin Fondane: A Poet-Philosopher stuck among the Sunday of background and the Existential Monday examines the existence and paintings of Benjamin Fondane, a poet and a literary critic, a thinker and a playwright, who wrote movie scripts and labored as a director at the level in addition to in movies. additionally, Fondane used to be lively in cultures, the Romanian and the French. His existential philosophy is very appropriate to the area of latest Jewish proposal, and his literary actions are associated with the twentieth-century eu avant-garde. This publication discusses all of those subject matters and offers historical past for the Romanian and French cultural scene of the interval in addition to finding the author in the context of the dramatic occasions of the 20 th century.
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But the rationalist traditions, from Descartes on, always impregnated the French art world and the bent toward classicism was a constant over the centuries. A somewhat blurred, vaguely negative attitude toward romanticism was indeed distinguishable in the works and the critical essays of the leaders of critical opinion in post–WWI French letters. Max Jacob remained a quite strange and singular figure in the literary and artistic landscape after the death of his friend Guillaume Apollinaire. There were, of course, other authors difficult to position at the time, for instance Jean Cocteau, Francis Carco, and Pierre Reverdy; there were the “older” Charles Péguy, Claudel and Léon-Paul Fargue; and there was the all-embracing shadow of Stéphane Mallarmé and his follower Paul Valéry.
Instead, he tried to contact Gide and Jules de Gaultier. Perhaps that was because Fondane felt that it would have been easier for him to write literary criticism or essays, even philosophy, rather than poetry in a new language. Of course, things were not so simple: beside the language barrier, there were other intellectual and artistic activities that attracted the young author, such as his old passion for theater, photography, and even more perhaps, the newly upsurging art of cinematography. indd 25 9/24/12 10:56 AM 26 Benjamin Fondane the ability of words to express a reality perceived more and more as being radically different from that expressed in the old ways.
But the same thing did M. indd 34 9/24/12 10:57 AM Benjamin Fondane’s First Years in Paris 35 discussion in relation with a book he wrote on Stravinsky; both Rimbaud and Jacques Rivière were mentioned again at that point. The first, to ascertain the “dynamical” character of the modern work of art, “Rimbaud fit de la poésie en marche”; de Schloezer said about Stravinsky’s music that it was a depersonalized force flowing as a thunderous water stream (“torrent sonore”), not at all an emanation of the artist but in spite of him.
Benjamin Fondane: A Poet-Philosopher Caught Between the Sunday of History and the Existential Monday by Michael Finkenthal