The only contiguous, single subject monograph written by de Man during his lifetime, Textual Allegories was written in Zurich in 1973-1974 while Paul de Man was on sabbatical from Yale University. The manuscript was never published by de Man but rather formed the material for later substantially revised published versions in journal articles and notably in the second half of Allegories of Reading: Figural Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke and Proust (1979). However, the two texts differ in significant ways line-by-line and page-by-page.
Textual Allegories was digitized and transcribed under the direction of Professor Martin McQuillan with a grant from the United Kingdom, Arts and Humanities Research Council. The transcription is by Dr. Erin Obodiac.
The Paul de Man papers are available for research in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room at the UC Irvine Libraries and are described in a finding aid in the Online Archive of California.
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