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dc.contributor.authorHeilker, Emily
dc.description.abstractDuring the 1950s and 60s, Belgian-born poet and painter Henri Michaux (1899-1984) performed what was probably the most controversial of his consistently-experimental works: a series of five books derived from and surrounding his use of Mescaline and other hallucinogens. Strangely, however, in 1972, the first book of the cycle, <<Misérable Miracle>>, also became the last book, when, it was re-issued with a four-part Addenda that completely recalibrated the significance of the drug experiments and their relationship with India and Hinduism, in particular. Yet the out-of-the-blue shift was not arbitrary: in the two years preceding the commitment of the Addenda to paper, Michaux re-visited India and worked with the editor of the journal Hermès on a special issue focusing on their mutual, deceased friend, the Sanskrit scholar and writer René Daumal. In this paper, I will examine how Daumal’s own carbon tetrachloride experiences, recorded in the work “Une expérience fondamentale” (which I is also re-translated here along with a poem by Michaux, “Vers la complétude (Saisie et Dessaisies)”), and his interpretation of them through his Orientalism, as well as the philosophical system he developed on his own, became a focal point for Michaux—a sounding board, both harmonious and dissonant—as he negotiated his own relationship with science, religion, Orientalism, and art.
dc.subjectHenri Michaux
dc.subjectRené Daumal
dc.subjectJean Paulhan
dc.subjectJacques Masui
dc.subjectMisérable Miracle
dc.subjectDrugs and Writing
dc.subjectFrance and India
dc.subjectEcstatic Confessions
dc.subjectTwentieth-Century French Poetry
dc.subjectTwentieth-Century Belgian Poetry
dc.subjectLa NRF
dc.subjectLes Cahi
dc.titleOut of bounds
dc.title.alternativeIndia and mysticism in the drug literature of Henri Michaux and René Daumal
dc.description.departmentComparative Literature
dc.description.majorComparative Literature
dc.description.advisorThomas Cerbu
dc.description.committeeThomas Cerbu
dc.description.committeeRichard Sieburth

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