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Roquentin and the Metaphysics of Presence: Philosophy, Literature, Textual Play

Roquentin and the Metaphysics of Presence: Philosophy, Literature, Textual Play 71KE COHPAnATIST Zahi Zalloua Diary Writing and the Primacy of Perception After a note from "the Editors," in which Sartre parodies an eighteenthcentury literary convention meant to guarantee the authenticity of the text at hand, La Nausée begins with "undated pages." They reveal the circumstances which led Antoine Roquentin to keep a diary in order to "voir clair" (13), 'see clearly' (1). In quest of a lost and more stable state of being, Roquentin meditates on his present condition while seeking to understand why everyday things suddenly appear uncanny to him. The diary's essential function is to help him impose some order upon his fluctuating reahty. Fearing that something may escape him, Roquentin does not take anything for granted. Adhering to the phenomenological reduction, Roquentin brackets all presuppositions about the nature of the external world and undertakes to represent things as he perceives them, as they are revealed to his consciousness in their "pure" immediacy. Perception, clearly, wiU play a primary role in his quasi-phenomenological investigations; indeed, Roquentin announces nothing short of a reduction of the external world and of its objects to the visual, to the perceiving subject: "Ne pas laisser échapper les nuances, les petits faits http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Roquentin and the Metaphysics of Presence: Philosophy, Literature, Textual Play

The Comparatist , Volume 25 (1) – Oct 3, 2001

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71KE COHPAnATIST Zahi Zalloua Diary Writing and the Primacy of Perception After a note from "the Editors," in which Sartre parodies an eighteenthcentury literary convention meant to guarantee the authenticity of the text at hand, La Nausée begins with "undated pages." They reveal the circumstances which led Antoine Roquentin to keep a diary in order to "voir clair" (13), 'see clearly' (1). In quest of a lost and more stable state of being, Roquentin meditates on his present condition while seeking to understand why everyday things suddenly appear uncanny to him. The diary's essential function is to help him impose some order upon his fluctuating reahty. Fearing that something may escape him, Roquentin does not take anything for granted. Adhering to the phenomenological reduction, Roquentin brackets all presuppositions about the nature of the external world and undertakes to represent things as he perceives them, as they are revealed to his consciousness in their "pure" immediacy. Perception, clearly, wiU play a primary role in his quasi-phenomenological investigations; indeed, Roquentin announces nothing short of a reduction of the external world and of its objects to the visual, to the perceiving subject: "Ne pas laisser échapper les nuances, les petits faits

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 3, 2001

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