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The Instant of My Death : Demeure : Fiction and Testimony

Friendship (Meridian - Crossing Aesthetics)Friendship (Meridian - Crossing Aesthetics)
by Maurice Blanchot, Elizabeth Rottenberg (Translator)

For the past half century, Maurice Blanchot has been an extraordinarily influential figure on the French literary and cultural scene. He is arguably the key figure after Sartre in exploring the relation between literature and philosophy. This collection of 29 critical essays and reviews on art, politics, literature, and philosophy documents the wide range of Blanchot's interests, from the enigmatic paintings in the Lascaux caves to the atomic era.

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Maurice Blanchot Resource Page

Primary and secondary bibliographical information in over a dozen languages. Over 2,000 entries.


The Blanchot Discussion List

The Blanchot Discussion List is part of the Spoon Collective hosted by the University of Virginia.

 BLANCHOT is an electronic forum for discussion and experimentation pertaining to the writings of Maurice Blanchot and his intersections with Derrida, Heidegger, Foucault, Levinas, Bataille, Deleuze, Nietzsche, Klossowski, etc. BLANCHOT is an open list - all interested parties are invited and encouraged to participate.

Posts on all aspects of Blanchot will be welcomed. The list is open to general discussion, group readings of published works, the sharing and critique of participants' works-in-progress, and creative appropriations of the texts across a variety of disciplines.


The Negative Eschatology of Maurice Blanchot

Master of Arts in Poetics Thesis by Kevin S. Fitzgerald, New College of California

This thesis performs a close read of Maurice Blanchot's novel Thomas the Obscure (1950). However, its experimental style and ambiguity make it difficult to interpret this novel without recourse to Blanchot's literary theory, which, although also somewhat ambiguous, tends, by comparison, to address its subject matter more directly. Despite its ambiguity, though, it is relatively apparent that a significant amount of Thomas the Obscure illustrates Blanchot's theory about the impossibility of death. This theme is likewise addressed in his essay "Literature and the Right to Death" and his work The Space of Literature. In light of this convergence, Fitzgerald has chosen these two theoretical works as keys, whereby he unlocks a series of possible meanings from Thomas the Obscure.



This strange, exceptional and psychedelic site explores the relationship between Beckett's work and Blanchot.


...we have, first, two great distinctions which correspond to the dialectic and the nondialectic demands of speech: the pause that permits the exchange; the waiting that measures an infinite distance. but this waiting assures not only the beautiful hiatus that prepares the poetic act, but also and at the same time, other forms of cessation, very deep, very perverse, more and more perverse, and always such that the distinctions one can make between them do not avoid but solicit ambiguity. we have 'distinguished' three: one where the void becomes achievement; another where the void is tiredness, misery; and another ultimate, hyperbolic one where idleness shows {and perhaps thought}. to interrupt yourself in order to hear yourself. to hear yourself in order to speak. finally, to speak only in order to interrupt yourself and make possible this impossible interruption...


Blanchot, an Introduction


Si l'empathie suffit avec bon nombre d'écrivain pour essayer d'approcher qui ils sont, ce qu'ils ont voulu dire et comment ils l'ont dit, Maurice Blanchot résiste à cette tentative.

Né en 1907 à Quain en Saône et Loire, il n'est ni un écrivain engagé au sens traditionnel du terme, n'a jamais été surréaliste, ni dadaïste, ni existentialiste, ne s'est jamais proclamé chef de file ou partie prenante d'un quelconque courant littéraire ou intellectuel, n'a été ni collaborateur, ni résistant.... S'il est intervenu dans la vie publique, par la publication d'articles (à droite entre les années 30 et 40, puis à gauche de 1958 à 1968), il surprend, dans un siècle où les intellectuels ont acquis une part de leur notoriété par des déclarations, démentis, et autres gesticulations verbales, par son silence; condition nécessaire, pour lui, à toute création.


Maurice Blanchot

Biographical note on French novelist and critic Maurice Blanchot, listing of works in translation and excerpts.


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