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Maurice Blanchot is a towering yet enigmatic figure in twentieth-century French thought. A lifelong friend of Levinas, he had a major influence on Foucault, Derrida, Nancy, and many others. Both his fiction and his criticism played a determining role in how postwar French philosophy was written, especially in its intense concern with the question of writing as such. Never an academic, he published most of his critical work in periodicals and led a highly private life. Yet his writing included an often underestimated public and political dimension.

This posthumously published volume collects his political writings from 1953 to 1993, from the French-Algerian War and the mass movements of May 1968 to postwar debates about the Shoah and beyond. A large number of the essays, letters, and fragments it contains were written anonymously and signed collectively, often in response to current events. The extensive editorial work done for the original French edition makes a major contribution to our understanding of Blanchot's work.The political stances Blanchot adopts are always complicated by the possibility that political thought remains forever to be discovered. He reminds us throughout his writings both how facile and how hard it is to refuse established forms of authority.

The topics he addresses range from the right to insubordination in the French-Algerian War to the construction of the Berlin Wall and repression in Eastern Europe; from the mass movements of 1968 to personal responses to revelations about Heidegger, Levinas, and Robert Antelme, among others.When read together, these pieces form a testament to what political writing could be: not merely writing about the political or politicizing the written word, but unalterably transforming the singular authority of the writer and his signature.

About the Author

Writer, critic, and journalist, Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003) was one of the most important voices in twentieth-century literature and thought.

Zakir Paul is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

Kevin Hart is Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he also holds courtesy professorships in the Departments of English and French.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780823229987
Author:
Blanchot, Maurice
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Translator:
Paul, Zakir
Introduction:
Hart, Kevin
Author:
null, Zakir
Author:
Paul, Zakir
Author:
null, Kevin
Author:
null, Maurice
Author:
Hart, Kevin
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Blanchot, Maurice
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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