Maurice Blanchot

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This section includes both works by Maurice Blanchot himself and secondary material on Blanchot.


WORKS BY MAURICE BLANCHOT
1 Thomas the Obscure, New Version, trans. Robert Lamberton (D. Lewis, New York, 1973).

Originally published in France in 1941 (Blanchot withdrew the first version). How to summarize a book whose main concern lies not so much with the events happening to its protagonist called Thomas, but with its style? Written in the most lucid prose, it constantly slides into meaninglessness. In terms of Blanchot's literary criticism it is highly important for his meditations on the impossibility of death. It acts as a literary counterpoint to the more formal analyses of death in the essay 'Literature and the Right to Death' and in parts of The Space of Literature. This work is also to be found in the Station Hill Blanchot Reader (see below).

2 Death Sentence, trans. Lydia Davis (Station Hill Press, Barrytown, NY, 1978).

This is an astonishingly original novel that is ostensibly set in Paris at the beginning of the Second World War. It is the story of the relation between the narrator and two women, one of whom appears to be

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Maurice Blanchot
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Editor's Preface vii
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Why Blanchot? 1
  • Key Ideas 9
  • 1 - What is Literature? 11
  • 2 - Language and Literature 25
  • 3 - Death and Philosophy 37
  • 4 - Death 51
  • 5 - Literature and Ethics 67
  • 6 - Blanchot as Nationalist 85
  • 7 - Ethics and Politics 97
  • 8 - The Literary Community 111
  • After Blanchot 129
  • Further Reading 135
  • Internet Resources 142
  • Index 143
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