The Poetics of Space (Paperback)

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Gaston Bachelard's investigation into what spaces mean to us may be a classic work of phenomenology, but it reads like a familiar dream. Drawing from literature, psychology, and his own wistful observation, Bachelard explains our attraction to certain homes, the satisfaction of a well-made box, the nest and shell as metaphor, and all that we hold dear about interior spaces real, remembered, and imagined. Rather than de-romanticizing the subject with analysis, this book illuminates the poetic universality of our nostalgia for home. Reading it, to me, felt like arriving there.

— Molly


Thirty years since its first publication in English, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.

About the Author

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1963) is the author ofThe Poetics of Space, The Psychoanalysis of Fire, andThe New Scientific Spirit"

Praise For…

A magical book. . . . A prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics to carpentry take on enhanced-and enchanted-significances. Every reader of it will never see ordinary spaces in ordinary ways. Instead the reader will see with the soul of the eye, the glint of Gaston Bachelard. -from the foreword by John R. Stilgoe

Product Details
ISBN: 9780807064733
ISBN-10: 0807064734
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 1994
Pages: 288
Language: English