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Mallarmé, Technology, and the Poet Engineer

Mallarmé, Technology, and the Poet Engineer pattern[s] of undreamed of dimensions" (72). It is the aim of this essay to explore the ambivalent philosophical complicity between technology as rationalization and Mallarmé's poetic project. To some extent, Mallarmé's work and its notorious "difficulty" resists the rationalizing processes of technological modernity, which prizes streamlined and standardized patterns of production and consumption. From his 1862 essay "Herésies Artistiques: L'Art pour tous" to the mature formulations of "Le Mystère dans les Lettres" (1896), Mallarmé claimed true poetry must "détourner l'oisif " (OEuvres 382), resisting "industrialized" consumption by the masses. And yet at the same time, a close examination of Mallarmé's work reveals it to be subtly informed by the very rationalizing, managerial instincts of the technological culture from which it takes its distance. In his 1895 essay "Bucolique," Mallarmé speaks of the poet's relationship to nature in terms that directly invoke what he calls an "industrial" parallel between the organizing instincts of poetry and technology. What Mallarmé calls "la Nature" is "primitif " or "foncier, dense des matériaux encore (nul scandale que l'industrie l'en émonde ou le purifie)" (403). Nature's "primitive," dark materiality must be worked upon and "purified" by the penetrating force of industry. Poetry works, in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png French Forum University of Nebraska Press

Mallarmé, Technology, and the Poet Engineer

French Forum , Volume 38 (1) – Oct 11, 2013

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pattern[s] of undreamed of dimensions" (72). It is the aim of this essay to explore the ambivalent philosophical complicity between technology as rationalization and Mallarmé's poetic project. To some extent, Mallarmé's work and its notorious "difficulty" resists the rationalizing processes of technological modernity, which prizes streamlined and standardized patterns of production and consumption. From his 1862 essay "Herésies Artistiques: L'Art pour tous" to the mature formulations of "Le Mystère dans les Lettres" (1896), Mallarmé claimed true poetry must "détourner l'oisif " (OEuvres 382), resisting "industrialized" consumption by the masses. And yet at the same time, a close examination of Mallarmé's work reveals it to be subtly informed by the very rationalizing, managerial instincts of the technological culture from which it takes its distance. In his 1895 essay "Bucolique," Mallarmé speaks of the poet's relationship to nature in terms that directly invoke what he calls an "industrial" parallel between the organizing instincts of poetry and technology. What Mallarmé calls "la Nature" is "primitif " or "foncier, dense des matériaux encore (nul scandale que l'industrie l'en émonde ou le purifie)" (403). Nature's "primitive," dark materiality must be worked upon and "purified" by the penetrating force of industry. Poetry works, in

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Published: Oct 11, 2013

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