TOM EYERS Where once deconstruction seemed undeconstructable, history has since had its say. After the brief “moment” of high theory, we have seen the rush- return of a broadly empiricist literary history, one that, we were once told, would disﬁ gure itself under the weight of its ﬁ gural contradictions, with deconstruction its faceless witness. Those of us now attempting to reinvent theory in the face of its historicist instrumentalization, which is to say its forgetting, risk becoming rather like the confused non-character in repose introduced at the beginning of Shelley’s “The Triumph of Life,” passively in witness of the retrenchment of normative historical periods and faith in prospective historical motion, nodding at the pageant of the return of theory’s repressed. The least we can do, as this dialectic roils on, is to adopt the posture of historicism’s own repressed or unwitnessed, to become Rousseau as he is pictured in Shelley’s poem, “an old root which grew/To strange distortion out of the hill side” (2002, 460). The system of specular relays that de Man so brilliantly traces in his “Shelley Disﬁ gured” would make of the subsequent image of the poem, that of the defeated Rousseau with “holes it
symploke – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Nov 28, 2018
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