Kevin Hart and Geoffrey H. Hartman bring together essays by prominent scholars from a range of disciplines to focus on Blanchot's diverse concerns: literature, art, community, politics, ethics, spirituality, and the Holocaust. The volume takes its title from Blanchot's idea that literature is "a power of contestation: contestation of the established power, contestation of what is..., contestation of language and of the forms of literary language, finally contestation of itself as power." Tracing this concept as a central theme of Blanchot's writings, and exploring its scope and ambiguity, the contributors bring this seminal, but formidably difficult, intellect into sharper focus.
Contributors: Gerald L. Bruns, University of Notre Dame; Leslie Hill, University of Warwick; Michael Holland, St Hugh's College, Oxford; Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, University of Strasbourg; Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp; Jill Robbins, Emory University, and the editors.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
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Table of ContentsAchkonwledgments
1. An Event without Witness: Contestation between Blanchot and Bataille
2. Maurice Blanchot: The Spirit of Language after the Holocaust
3. Responding to the Infinity between Us: Blanchot reading Levinas in L'entretien infini
4. Two Sirens Singing: Literature as Contestation in Maurice Blanchot and Theodor W. Adorno
5. A Fragmentary Demand
6. Anarchic Temporality: Writing, Friendship, and the Ontology of the Work of Art in Maurice Blanchot's Poetics
7. The Contestation of Death
8. The COunter-spirital Life
Index of Names
Index of Topics
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A first-rate collection of essays on Maurice Blanchot, an outstanding writer, original thinker, and major figure in French modernity who exerted significant influence on many important postwar writers, critics, and philosophers, including Duras, Barthes, Foucault, Deleuze, de Man, and Derrida. All of the essays are interesting and acute, and the introduction is splendid.
Gerald Prince, University of Pennsylvania