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Maurice Blanchot, the eminent literary and cultural critic, has had a vast influence on contemporary French writers—among them Jean Paul Sartre and Jacques Derrida. From the 1930s through the present day, his writings have been shaping the international literary consciousness.The Space of Literature, first published in France in 1955, is central to the development of Blanc ...more
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Published December 1st 1989 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1955)
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Nina
Aug 15, 2007 Nina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Erez, Audrey, smart people
Shelves: theory
In order to balance out the seven Harry Potter books I have on my page, I realized that I should probably start giving myself credit for all the smart-person reading I've done. It's just...who wants to read a review of theory when they can read a review of Harry Potter...besides Erez?

So, Blanchot is the intersection of the soul into the academy. He is that space that allows for irresonsibility, for anxiety, for the honest shadow that says we only half-know what we are doing. His concept of "Fasc
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Joe
Art and Action (Political)
“Whoever acknowledges effective action in the thick of history as his essential tak cannot prefer artistic action. Art acts poorly and little. It is clear that if Marx had followed the dreams of his youth and written the most beautiful novels in the world, he would have enchanted the world, but he would not have shaken it.” (213)

This as opposed to a pre-enlightenment art which could participate in eternal or sacred time. Desacralized, art can only be utilitarian (part o
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M.
This is a book that, in it’s depth, is simultaneously exciting, frustrating, dense and perfectly clear. It exhibits a verisimilitude. Half the time I had no idea what Blanchot was getting at, which is how one comes to understand that Blanchot is deserving of multiple re-readings, but other parts, specifically when Blanchot was speaking of Mallarmé & “Igitur,” and the letters of Mallarmé that I found fantastic and inspiring. I feel like it’s an important book that uses literature to deal with ...more
Richard
Socrates, a man I deeply respect, hated sophists. But then again, he never read Blanchot.
sabina
“Literarni prostor (L’espace littéraire, 1955) je eno najpomembnejših esejističnih del znanega francoskega romanopisca, literarnega kritika in filozofa Mauricea Blanchota (1907 – 2003). Blanchot je prehodil precej burno politično pot: od pripadnika skrajne desnice in celo antisemitskih pogledov v času med obema vojnama do udeleženca odporniškega gibanja med drugo svetovno vojno, naprotnika vojne v Alžiru in politike generala De Gaula pa vse do simpatizerja upornih ultralevičarskih študentov v ma ...more
Alex Obrigewitsch
Anyone who writes or is interested in writing should read this work immediately. It shocks me how little Blanchot is known and discussed (even in academia(and especially outside of france)).
A figure of great thought and importance, dwelling on the margins of society (both physical and intellectual)
Darina
This is not a book about literature as much as about life's challenges: loneliness, death, artmaking, etc. Blanchot's thoughts are dense, rambling and no so clear but a good exercise for the mind. Some of the writers examined here include Kafka, Mallarmé, Dostoevsky, Rilke and Hölderlin.
Open Books
A beautifully written analysis of the phenomenon that is so important to all of us here.
Nicholas Mennuti
If you ever wanted to understand why all your writer friends are congenitally depressed -- Blanchot knows why. The writing project will almost always be an inevitable failure and you can never truly die. So French it hurts...Just read it.
Robert
This book, The Space of Literature, did me the great favor of giving me insight into this book: On Wonderland & Waste, by Sandy Florian.
Don Socha
Very significant with regard to thoughts on Blasé or distinctions between words and things (See Foucault's _The Order of Things_.
lisa_emily
May 13, 2008 lisa_emily rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who must find the path with phrases
Blanchot meditates on literature. How can one recount or say what it is about?
Aimee Wilson
Nov 09, 2007 Aimee Wilson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: continental philosophers
don't always agree w/ him.. but he is among the few that stirs me up
Rodrigo
Confuso no começo, esclarecedor no final.
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Maurice Blanchot (September 27, 1907 – February 20, 2003) was a French pre-war leader of the Young Right, philosopher, literary theorist and writer of fiction. Blanchot was a distinctly modern writer who broke down generic boundaries, particularly between literature and philosophy. He began his career on the political right, but the experience of fascism altered his thinking to the point that he s ...more
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