By Mark Hewson

Blanchot’s writings on literature have imposed themselves within the canon of contemporary literary thought and but have remained a mysterious presence. this can be partially as a result of their nearly hypnotic literary type, partly because of their distinct amalgam of a couple of philosophical resources (Hegel, Heidegger, Levinas, Bataille), which, even if rarely unknown within the Anglophone philosophical international, haven't but made themselves absolutely at domestic in literary idea.

This publication goals to make seen the coherence of Blanchot’s severe undertaking. to acknowledge the problem that Blanchot represents for literary feedback, one has to work out that he consistently has in view the self-interrogation that characterizes sleek literature, either in its idea and its perform. Blanchot’s essays research the types and the trails of this examine, its recommendations and its impasses; and more and more, they comic strip out the philosophical and ancient horizon during which its value seems to be. The impression is to revise the phrases during which we see the genesis of the trendy literary proposal, no longer least of the manifestations of that's literary feedback itself.

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