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The Work of Fire (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)
Maurice Blanchot is arguably the key figure after Sartre in exploring the relation between literature and philosophy. Blanchot developed a distinctive, limpid form of essay writing; these essays, in form and substance, left their imprint on the work of the most influential French theorists. The writings of Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida are unimaginable without Blanchot.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Stanford University Press
(first published June 7th 1949)
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"Literature and the Right to Death," a notable essay indeed. Part of me never wants to forgive Blanchot for his influence on Derrida, but there are some genuinely interesting ideas here. And actual arguments, reasonably stated but with typical French, uh, flair.
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 ...moreMore about Maurice Blanchot...
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