Since its initial publication in 1958, The Poetics of Space has been a muse to philosophers, architects, writers, psychologists, critics, and readers alike. This lyrical journey takes as its premise the emergence of the poetic image and finds an ideal metaphor in the intimate spaces of our homes. Guiding us through a stream of mediations on poetry, art, and the blooming of consciousness itself, Bachelard examines the domestic places that shape and hold our dreams and memories. Houses and rooms; cellars and attics; drawers, chests, and wardrobes; nests and shells; nooks and corner: no space is too cast or too small to be filled by our thoughts and our reveries. In Bachelard's enchanting spaces, 'we are never real historians, but always near poets, and out emotion is perhaps nothing by an expression of a poetry that was lost.'
The new edition features a foreword by mark Z. Danielewski, whose bestselling novel House of Leaves drew inspiration form Bachelard's writings.
Translated by Maria Jolas
About the Author
The son two of shoemakers, Gaston Bachelard had an illustrious academic career at the Sorbonne, eventually gaining the Legion d'Honneur and the Grand Prix National des Lettres. His work has influenced intellectual titans like Foucault, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze and Althusser. Mark Z. Danielewski is best known for his striking debut novel, House of Leaves. Richard Kearney is the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College.
Praise for Gaston Bachelard:
"[Bachelard] is neither a self-confessed and tortured atheist like Satre, nor, like Chardin, a heretic combining a belief in God with a proficiency in modern science. But, within the French context, he is almost as important as they are because he has a pseudo-religious force, without taking a stand on religion. To define him as briefly as possible - he is a philosopher, with a professional training in the sciences, who devoted most of the second phase of his career to promoting that aspect of human nature which often seems most inimical to science: the poetic imagination ..."
- J.G. Weightman, The New York Times Review of Books
"[Bachelard] reminds me of skilled chess players who take the biggest pieces with pawns."
-Michel Foucault (trans.)
Praise for Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves
"Any hope or fear that the experimental novel was an aberration of the twentieth century is dashed by the appearance of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, the first major experimental novel of the new millennium. And it's a monster. Dazzling."
-Washington Post Book World
"An intricate, erudite, and deeply frightening book." - The Wall Street Journal