Maurice Blanchot

Maurice Blanchot (mōrēs´ bläNshō´), 1907–2003, French novelist and literary critic. One of the first intellectuals in France to be interested in questions of language and meaning, he was an important influence on French postmodernist thought. In his critical works, notably L'Espace littéraire (1955, tr. 1982), Blanchot propounds the theory that literary compositions are organic entities separate from the external world. Such novels as Thomas l'obscure (1941; tr. 1973) and Le Très-Haut (1948, tr. 1996) exemplify his theoretical ideas in their complex language and imaginary settings. Blanchot's later fiction dispensed with plot, character, and other elements of representation. Collections of his essays in English translation include The Gaze of Orpheus (1981), The Sirens' Song (1982), and The Blanchot Reader (1995).

See studies by M. Foucault (tr. 1987), S. Shaviro (1990), J. Gregg (1994), D. M. Hess (1999), L. Hill (1997 and 2001), and A. Smock (2003).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2013, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Levinas, Blanchot, Jabes: Figures of Estrangement
Gary D. Mole.
University Press of Florida, 1997
The Space of Literature
Maurice Blanchot; Ann Smock.
University of Nebraska Press, 1982
"Ce Tourment Qui Est Un Rire": Maurice Blanchot with Samuel Beckett
Jenkins, Linda Jones.
The Romanic Review, Vol. 88, No. 1, January 1997
The Shame of Memory: Blanchot's Self-Dispossession in Ishiguro's 'A Pale View of Hills.' (Literary Theorist Maurice Blanchot; Writer Kazuo Ishiguro)
Wong, Cynthia F.
CLIO, Vol. 24, No. 2, Winter 1995
The Novelist as Philosopher: Studies in French Fiction, 1935-1960
John Cruickshank.
Oxford University Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Includes a chapter on Maurice Blanchot
Maternal Pasts, Feminist Futures: Nostalgia, Ethics, and the Question of Difference
Lynne Huffer.
Stanford University, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Blanchot's Mother"
The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida: Religion without Religion
John D. Caputo.
Indiana University Press, 1997
History and Disaster: Witness, Trauma, and the Problem of Writing the Holocaust
Bernard-Donals, Michael.
CLIO, Vol. 30, No. 2, Winter 2001
The French Critic, 1549-1967
Wallace Fowlie.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1968
Librarian’s tip: Includes information on Maurice Blanchot in "Primacy of the Text: Thematic Criticism"
What Is There to Say?
Ann Smock.
University of Nebraska Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Maurice Blanchot in multiple chapters
Maurice Blanchot and the Literature of Transgression
John Gregg.
Princeton University Press, 1994
Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation
Michael Rothberg.
University of Minnesota Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Before Auschwitz: Maruice Blanchot, from Now On"
Search for more books and articles on Maurice Blanchot