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by Maurice Blanchot,Ann Smock

Category: History and Criticism
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Author: Maurice Blanchot,Ann Smock
ISBN: 0803260776
ISBN13: 978-0803260771
Language: English
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (April 1986)
Pages: 150
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Maurice Blanchot has been praised on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiction and criticism.

Maurice Blanchot has been praised on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiction and criticism. Literary theorist and critic Geoffrey Hartman remarked that Blanchot's influence on contemporary writers "cannot be overestimated".

Ann Smock (Translator). Maurice Blanchot was one who, like Hegel, entered the lists of mortal battle with Night - which he termed The Disaster. This book is about writing the disaster but also about the agony of writing. Nov 20, 2014 Sofia rated it really liked it.

Modern history is haunted by the disasters of the centuryworld wars, concentration camps, Hiroshima, and the Holocaust - grief, anger, terror, and loss beyond words, but still close, still impending

Modern history is haunted by the disasters of the centuryworld wars, concentration camps, Hiroshima, and the Holocaust - grief, anger, terror, and loss beyond words, but still close, still impending. How can we write or think about disaster when by its very nature it defies speech and compels silence, burns books and shatters meaning? The Writing of the Disaster reflects upon efforts to abide in disaster's infinite threat.

About Maurice Blanchot. Ann Smock is a professor of French at the University of California at Berkeley. Jeffrey Mehlman, a professor of French at Boston University, is the author of many books and articles on twentieth-century France and French literature.

Find sources: "Maurice Blanchot" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (December 2006) (Learn how and when to. Blanchot, Maurice, and Ann Smock. The Writing of the Disaster L'écriture Du Désastre. Lincoln: U of Nebraska, 1995.

Find sources: "Maurice Blanchot" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (December 2006) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Maurice Blanchot (/blænˈʃoʊ/; French: ; 22 September 1907 – 20 February 2003) was a French writer, philosopher, and literary theorist. His work had a strong influence on post-structuralist philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy.

Maurice Blanchot Et la Question de L'Écriture. Françoise Laurendeau-Collin - 1986. Maurice Blanchot - 1992 - State University of New York Press. Towards a New Literary Idiom the Fiction and Criticism of Maurice Blanchot From 1941-1955. The Writing of the Disaster . Maurice Blanchot - 1986. Bataille, Klossowski, Blanchot: Writing at the Limit. Leslie Hill - 2001 - Oxford University Press. Maurice Blanchot: L'ecriture Expiatoire. Thierry Rene Durand - 1993 - Dissertation, Washington University. Michael Holland - 1982. Nathalie's Rotunda: Breaching the Threshold of Maurice Blanchot's L'Arrêt de Mort. Hél ène Frichot - 2005 - Colloquy 10:171-180.

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Maurice Blanchot (author), Ann Smock (author of introduction,translator) . 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.

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Modern history is haunted by the disasters of the centuryâ?”world wars, concentration camps, Hiroshima, and the Holocaustâ?”grief, anger, terror, and loss beyond words, but still close, still impending. How can we write or think about disaster when by its very nature it defies speech and compels silence, burns books and shatters meaning? The Writing of the Disaster reflects upon efforts to abide in disasterâ?™s infinite threat. First published in French in 1980, it takes up the most serious tasks of writing: to describe, explain, and redeem when possible, and to admit what is not possible. Neither offers consolation. Maurice Blanchot has been praised on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiction and criticism. The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas once remarked that Blanchot's writing is a "language of pure transcendence, without correlative." Literary theorist and critic Geoffrey Hartman remarked that Blanchot's influence on contemporary writers "cannot be overestimated."
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Fordredor
I can't say that I'm usually a huge fan of philosophical texts; I figured I was taking a gamble by picking this one up. A philosophical theory book written in fragments that deals with the holocaust? Not usually my thing.

The first few pages I was just mystified; they seemed full of wilfully contradictory phrases about the other, about truth, about literature and death, concepts I understood in my own language but which this book was not making clear how I should interpret.

After I got into the swing of its vocabulary, however, I was swept away in its philosophical power. Some say theorizing is just a way to avoid confronting how little we control in the universe. Maybe that's true, even though this theory seemed concerned mainly with showing us how little control we have, and how fragmented our existence is.

The organization--fair for a book about traumatized writing in fragments--is hard to follow at times, but most of the fragments, if arbitrary, are dazzling, even dazzlingly beautiful in their demistifying quality. Some on writing, some on existence, some on death, some on the need for a God; the ones I understood I almost universally loved. I found myself in the midst of endless pleasure as I read this book, as difficult as it was.

A few choice quotes:

On Etymology: It is not the arbitrariness that is surprising here, but on the contrary, the mimetic effort, the semblance of analogy, the appeal to a doubtful body of knowledge that makes us the dupes of a kind of transhistorical necessity.

On Writing: But this "task" cannot be limited, as he would have it, to the job of exhausting life--causing life, through the constant renewal of desire, to be lived completely.

From Schelling: "To the extent that the human mind is related to the soul as to something nonexistent--something, that is, without understanding--its profoundest essence . . . is madness. The understanding is regulated madness. Men who have no madness in them are men whose understanding is void and sterile.
Mettiarrb
The authority to set a national debt limit in a time of tremendous borrowing might cause Maurice Blanchot to be suspicious of language. Actually selecting a number as an absolute bears the mark of what it denies, rejecting more borrowing when borrowing has become the primary hidden form of spending without the tax revenues to cover the cost of governing you people. As it says in the book, "We speak of the impossible, but do we not always say it is the outer limit, or the articulation, of possibility? We surrender to the unconscious, but without succeeding in separating it from consciousness except negatively. . . . Conversely, the infinite extricates itself from the finite only as the latter's incapacity to finish finishing, as its endless pursuit of itself along the ambiguous detour of repetition." (p. 92). Those "(all of us) who, being alive, seem to recognize only the active power of the present" (p. 86) play the kind of characters flocking with birds of a feather in brains up in trees in some powerful myths.
Vaua
The Writing of the Disaster is an immensely difficult text- a text which deals with issues as totalizing as writing, the holocaust, and the text itself. Blanchot's style is naturally Nietzschean, drawing on the example of the aphorism, a fragmentary and disjointed fragment of thoughts, remarks, and of course contradictions. True, the use of explicit contradictions is a bit tiresome, and often difficult to comprehend, but Blanchot is playing with the impossibility of the writing of the disaster. The play of disaster and ruin is both destabilizing and ordering. Blanchot writes:
"Energy, as destruction of things or as removal from among things, destroys and removes itself. Let us acknowledge this. However, this loss, as the disappearance of things-the disappearance, indeed, of the order of things-seeks in its turn to get into line, either by reinvesting itself as another thing, or by letting itself be spoken. Thereby, thanks to this discourse that makes a theme of it, it becomes considerable, it fits back into order and 'consecrates' itself. Only order gains from its loss" (90).

The Writing of the Disaster is a thinking of and in pain. It is a deeply perplexing meditation on the impossibility of the text and the disaster of absence.
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