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«Je n’ai rien à faire au dehors!». The Passages of the Threshold in the Early Maeterlinck’s Production

By Sabrina Martina

Abstract

<span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;" lang="EN-US">The purpose of this contribution is to show the various implications of the subject-theme of the <em>threshold</em></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;" lang="EN-US"> in Maurice Maeterlinck&rsquo;s poetry and essays, connecting it to the platonic <em>myth of the cave</em></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;" lang="EN-US"> and to other philosophical references of modernity (De Certeau, Benjamin, Blumenberg, Bachelard, Durand, Deleuze) through a comparative method of crossed reading between literature and philosophy. The results obtained concern the subject-matter of the <em>glasshouse</em></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;" lang="EN-US">, a central theme in Maeterlinck&rsquo;s poetry, as a nocturnal centre of transvalorization, according to the imagination theory by Gilbert Durand; the importance of glass and silence as bodies of a mystical production of secret and cipher language, after the Loss of a direct symbol of Divinity (De Certeau); the presence of Leibniz&rsquo;s categories of Possible and Virtual as interspaces between dead and living creatures, according to the interpretation of Leibniz&rsquo;s thought by Deleuze; the importance of the cave in its relationship with the glasshouse as a space devoid of the perturbations of historical time and as utopia of the end of History (Benjamin, Blumenberg). The conclusion shows Maeterlinck&rsquo;s evolution from a poetry of nocturnal closed space as wait of event (Death), to a day-like conception of nature as space of allegorical purification of desire, in contrast with the underground spaces of the totalitarian states. This conception finds in the figure of the temple-cave an important configuration, as the title of an essay of 1902: <em>The buried Temple</em></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;" lang="EN-US"> (<em>Le Temple enseveli</em></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;" lang="EN-US">) shows.</span

Topics: caverna, serra, segreto, virtuale, tempio, Literature (General), PN1-6790, Language and Literature, P, Geography. Anthropology. Recreation, G, Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar, P101-410, Translating and interpreting, P306-310
Publisher: Università degli Studi di Cagliari
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:168a12dcc0c442ada8f2e4dd600778ca
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