Aesthetics of Negativity: Blanchot, Adorno, and Autonomy

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9
The Negativity of Thinking
through Language

If the question is one of understanding the nature and significance of Blanchot’s style of writing, then the response is that the development of his fictional writings in the 1940s has led to the emergence of a careful and deliberate style that is as critically precise and profound as philosophy but is not philosophy, insofar as it is solely concerned with its own manifestation and the implications thereof. In saying as much, the question of Blanchot’s style opens out onto the broader issues associated with the autonomous status of modernist artworks, but does so by situating these issues in relation to the materiality of language in which the question of the relation between philosophy and literature is focused. Thus, by resituating these issues of language in relation to aesthetics, Blanchot’s work is opened up to the questions that Adorno brings to bear on modern art, but the reverse also comes about by way of the manner in which these questions of autonomy are reconfigured when considered in regard to the materiality of language and, in particular, prose.

In this way it has been necessary to consider the specific modes in which negativity is explored by Blanchot in relation to transcendence, thought, images, space, and narrative and linguistic meaning, and, by virtue of these modes, to consider how Adorno’s reading of the logic of negativity responds to these specific moments. For Blanchot finds in this language of negativity a mechanism by which the concrete and the abstract, the clear and the obscure, the precise and the ambiguous come to inflect each other. Such negativity needs to be distinguished from pessimism or cynicism insofar

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