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      Variations on the Ethics of Mourning in Modern Literature in French : With a preface by Dominique Rabaté 

      Poethic Justice: Re-incarnations in Emmanuel Merle’s Poetry

      Peter Lang

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          Echoes, traces and ghosts configure an isotopy of loss and exile in Emmanuel Merle’s poetic universe, in which the entwined motifs of evocation, invocation and incarnation reveal an ethical project. Like many of his contemporaries, Merle grounds his writings in Baudelaire, who is credited by Yves Bonnefoy for fusing poetry and death: ‘Baudelaire a fait ce pas improbable. Il a nommé la mort’ [Baudelaire took this improbable step. He named death]. A filiation from the nineteen-century poet – whose main accomplishment is existential rather than merely poetic – to Merle sketches the elaboration of an artistically versatile poéthique. The influence of Bonnefoy, particularly, permeates Merle’s œuvre which is haunted by death – his father’s, primarily, but his ongoing quest for a grieving sincerity extends to collective traumas. Mourning is endlessly, ethically figured, configured, transfigured, often articulating interrelated concerns within a staunch humanistic agenda.

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