Clément Duyck

GEMCA research fellow

Institut des Civilisations, Arts et Lettres (INCAL)
Postdoctoral fellow (« Move-in Louvain », UCL-Marie Curie Actions) 

Research fields
- 17th-century French literature.
- 17th-century French poetry.
- History and poetics of emotions.
- Literature and spirituality in 17th-century France.

Postdoctoral project

Poetics of inspiration in 17th-century French Christian poetry: a contribution to the history of emotions (promoter: Pr. Agnès Guiderdoni)

This research project’s ambition is to give an account of poetical inspiration’s contribution to 17th-century French literature. It aims indeed to show how the neo-Platonic concept of “furor” was upheld in 17th-century poetry as a poetical creative process through its reclaiming by Christian poetry, which sees in “rapture” the expression of a mystical neo-furor. This new mystical inspiration places at its heart emotions such as jubilation, ardour, "jouissance", drunkenness or languor, perceived as the vehicle of a communication between divine Spirit and human speech. Inspired enunciation presupposes that the soul is open to divine and angelic “spirits”, but such an understanding of the soul is forcibly confined to the marginality of mystical practices widely denigrated throughout the century.
In order to explain this new inspiration, this research project intends to set out a poetical anthropology of the emotions in 17th-century inspired poetry. This method will be structured by both the historical anthropology of emotions and the stylistics of expressivity, so that we may determine in a historically framed context the mutual implications of affective and discursive events.
Two questions guide the project. The first one concerns itself with the inspired enunciation, and will seek to describe the affective workings of inspiration, by ascertaining the emotions said to be at the source of enunciation. The second question investigates the stylistic, prosodic and genre characteristics of inspired poetry, with a view to understanding the discursive and figural properties implied by the forms of the affective excess.

Most representative publications

Poétique de l’extase (France, 1601-1675), Paris, Classiques Garnier, coll. « Lire le XVIIe siècle », à paraître en 2017 (version remaniée de la thèse de doctorat).

« Extase sans savoir et écriture de l’extase (France, XVIIe siècle) », Les Dossiers du Grihl [En ligne]. Les dossiers de Sophie Houdard, mis en ligne le 27 février 2017.

« De la physique de l’inspiration à la poétique de l’extase (France, XVIIe siècle) », in Chantal Connochie-Bourgne et Jean-Raymond Fanlo (dir.), Fables mystiques. Savoirs, expériences, représentations du Moyen Âge aux Lumières, Presses universitaires de Provence, coll. « Senefiance », 2016, p. 169-178.

« Les allégories dans les Œuvres chrestiennes et Les Divins Eslancemens d’amour de Claude Hopil », in Ralph Dekoninck, Agnès Guiderdoni et Émilie Granjon (dir.), Fiction sacrée. Spiritualité et esthétique durant le premier âge moderne, Louvain, Peeters, coll. « Art & Religion », 2013, p. 271-288.

« “Le rien ne se voit pas” : intimité et intériorité dans les relations autobiographiques de Claudine Moine », in Sylvie Crinquand et Paloma Bravo (dir.), L’intime à ses frontières, Bruxelles – Fernelmont, E.M.E. & Intercommunications, coll. « Proximités. Anthropologie », 2012, p. 107-123.


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