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By Arthur Symons

First released in 1899, The Symbolist stream in Literature used to be a hugely influential paintings of feedback, and served to introduce the French Symbolists to an Anglophone readership. Symons' curiosity in writers resembling Paul Verlaine and Stephane Mallarme places him on the middle of up to date debates approximately Decadence and Symbolism in fin-de-siecle literature; yet his paintings used to be additionally a formative effect on modernist writers equivalent to Joyce, Eliot, Pound and Yeats, assisting to form the position of the picture in modernist writing. This new serious version makes on hand a key textual content that has been out of print for over 50 years, and comprises the essays that Symons additional to the multiplied version of his ebook in 1919. it is also an advent, chronology and notes, including appendices featuring the total textual content of Symons' essay 'The Decadent move in Literature' and a variety of his translations of poems by means of Verlaine and Mallarme.

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The circularity of this anatomical medical logic is what constitutes such medical knowing, like Kant’s transcendental deduction, as both diachronic and transcendental. A standardized body comes into being because the empirical evidence that generates that knowledge is neither observable at any single moment nor separable from the abstraction that is its consequence. But this circularity also means that the diachronicity implicit to the comparison—bodies are sick before they are dead—must be bracketed analytically, even though it is the pathological development of disease, the 32 / Chapter One relation of cause and effect, that makes the evidence of the dead body relevant to the sick body, that links the two bodies.

Such a notion of time allows us to understand the various elements of a book as not simply sequentially apprehensible images, but as images that constitute a book because they are caused or intended, which is to say, organized according to an idea. It is this quality of being caused or intended that allows us to distinguish between the kind of thing we are seeing when we see a book’s cover and the kind of thing we are seeing when we see a water stain on that cover. We do not extract the concept of cause from experience; rather, a notion of causation is the precondition for experience.

7 22 / Chapter One We need a concept of time itself, and that concept needs to be “mindindependent”—that is, existing outside the sort of mutually constituting relations of sequentiality that link our experience of our own duration as subjects to our experience of the duration of the synthesized book. Such a notion of time allows us to understand the various elements of a book as not simply sequentially apprehensible images, but as images that constitute a book because they are caused or intended, which is to say, organized according to an idea.

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