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).

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Maurice Blanchot: Selected full-text books and articles

The Space of Literature By Maurice Blanchot; Ann Smock University of Nebraska Press, 1982
Ending and Unending Agony: On Maurice Blanchot By Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; Hannes Opelz Fordham University Press, 2015
Maurice Blanchot By Ullrich Haase; William Large Routledge, 2001
Last Steps: Maurice Blanchot's Exilic Writing By Christopher Fynsk Fordham University Press, 2013
What Is There to Say? By Ann Smock University of Nebraska Press, 2003
Levinas, Blanchot, Jabes: Figures of Estrangement By Gary D. Mole University Press of Florida, 1997
"Ce Tourment Qui Est Un Rire": Maurice Blanchot with Samuel Beckett By Jenkins, Linda Jones The Romanic Review, Vol. 88, No. 1, January 1997
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The Imagination: Distance and Relation in Maurice Blanchot and Ibn'arabi By Moradi, Hossein Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, Vol. 13, No. 38, Summer 2014
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The Novelist as Philosopher: Studies in French Fiction, 1935-1960 By John Cruickshank Oxford University Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Includes a chapter on Maurice Blanchot
Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation By Michael Rothberg University of Minnesota Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Before Auschwitz: Maruice Blanchot, from Now On"
Renewing the Infinite Conversation: System and Method in Blanchot By Hughes, Joe Philosophy Today, Vol. 56, No. 4, November 2012
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The Politics of the Novel and Maurice Blanchot's Theory of the Recit, 1954-1964 By Just, Daniel French Forum, Vol. 33, No. 1-2, Spring 2008
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