Clandestine Encounters: Philosophy in the Narratives of by Kevin Hart

By Kevin Hart

Maurice Blanchot may be most sensible often called a massive French highbrow of the 20th century: the guy who countered Sartre's perspectives on literature, who affirmed the paintings of Sade and Lautreamont, who gave eloquent voice to the iteration of '68, and whose philosophical and literary paintings inspired the writing of, between others, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, and Michel Foucault. he's additionally considered as the most acute narrative writers in France considering Marcel Proust.

In Clandestine Encounters, Kevin Hart has amassed jointly significant literary critics in Britain, France, and the USA to have interaction with Blanchot's sizeable, interesting, and tough physique of artistic paintings. Hart's tremendous creation usefully locations Blanchot as an important contributor to the culture of the French philosophical novel, starting with Voltaire's Candide in 1759, and top recognized in the course of the works of Sartre. Clandestine Encounters considers a range of Blanchot's narrative writings over the process virtually sixty years, from tales written within the mid-1930s to L'instant de ma mort (1994). jointly, the members' shut readings of Blanchot's novels, recits, and tales remove darkness from the shut dating among philosophy and narrative in his paintings whereas underscoring the diversity and complexity of those narratives.

Contributors: Christophe Bident, Arthur Cools, Thomas S. Davis, Christopher Fynsk, Rodolphe Gasché, Kevin Hart, Leslie Hill, Michael Holland, Stephen E. Lewis, Vivian Liska, Caroline Sheaffer-Jones, Christopher A. Strathman, Alain Toumayan

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By Kevin Hart

Maurice Blanchot may be most sensible often called a massive French highbrow of the 20th century: the guy who countered Sartre's perspectives on literature, who affirmed the paintings of Sade and Lautreamont, who gave eloquent voice to the iteration of '68, and whose philosophical and literary paintings inspired the writing of, between others, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, and Michel Foucault. he's additionally considered as the most acute narrative writers in France considering Marcel Proust.

In Clandestine Encounters, Kevin Hart has amassed jointly significant literary critics in Britain, France, and the USA to have interaction with Blanchot's sizeable, interesting, and tough physique of artistic paintings. Hart's tremendous creation usefully locations Blanchot as an important contributor to the culture of the French philosophical novel, starting with Voltaire's Candide in 1759, and top recognized in the course of the works of Sartre. Clandestine Encounters considers a range of Blanchot's narrative writings over the process virtually sixty years, from tales written within the mid-1930s to L'instant de ma mort (1994). jointly, the members' shut readings of Blanchot's novels, recits, and tales remove darkness from the shut dating among philosophy and narrative in his paintings whereas underscoring the diversity and complexity of those narratives.

Contributors: Christophe Bident, Arthur Cools, Thomas S. Davis, Christopher Fynsk, Rodolphe Gasché, Kevin Hart, Leslie Hill, Michael Holland, Stephen E. Lewis, Vivian Liska, Caroline Sheaffer-Jones, Christopher A. Strathman, Alain Toumayan

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3. 32. ” See “The Last Word,” in Vicious Circles, 45. 33. See Blanchot, “Keeping to Words,” in The Infinite Conversation, 59. 34. Blanchot, “Le ‘discours philosophique,’” 2. 35. Blanchot, “Slow Obsequies,” in Friendship, 86. This essay first appeared under the title “La fin de la philosophie” in Le Nouvelle Revue française 80 (October 1959): 678–89. ”]. The sentence appears in “Le regard du poète,” the opening essay of Lévinas’s little book Sur Maurice Blanchot (Montpellier: Fata Morgana, 1973). It first appeared in Monde Nouveau, no.

Lydia Davis, in The Work of Fire, trans. Charlotte Mandell (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995), 328. 27. See G. W. F. Hegel, System of Ethical Life and First Philosophy of Spirit, ed. H. S. Harris and T. M. Knox (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1979), 221. 30 Kevin Hart 28. See Blanchot, “The Narrative Voice (the ‘he,’ the neutral),” in The Infinite Conversation, 379–87. Can one speak also of a “poetic voice”? Michael Holland takes up the question in his essay on L’attente l’oubli in this collection.

60 Geoffrey Hartman is the father of Blanchot studies in the English-speaking world. This collection of essays is dedicated to him. N OT E S 1. Jacques Derrida, “A Witness Forever,” trans. Charlotte Mandell, in Nowhere without No: In Memory of Maurice Blanchot, ed. Kevin Hart (Sydney: Vagabond Press, 2003), 45. 2. Derrida, “Introduction,” in Parages (Paris: Galilée, 1986), 11. 3. Derrida, Demeure: Fiction and Testimony, bound with Maurice Blanchot, The Instant of My Death, trans. Elizabeth Rottenberg (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000), 26.

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