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  1. Infinite Conversation (Theory and History of Literature)
    Infinite Conversation (Theory and History of Literature)
    Infinite Conversation (Theory and History of Literature)
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  2. Infinite Conversation (Theory and History of Literature)

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In this landmark volume, Blanchot sustains a dialogue with a number of thinkers whose contributions have marked turning points in the history of Western thought and have influenced virtually all the themes that inflect the contemporary literary and philosophical debate today.

“Blanchot waits for us still to come, to be read and reread. . . I would say that never as much as today have I pictured him so far ahead of us.” Jacques Derrida

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Maurice Blanchot
Univ Of Minnesota Press
Univ Of Minnesota Press
Univ Of Minnesota Press
Univ Of Minnesota Press
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By the above I don't mean to imply that Blanchot's works are not coherent or that they don't merit reading. I think Blanchot is one of the most important writers of this century. His work is far more significant than Foucault or Derrida, not to denigrate them or deny the vitality of thier work. Readers of Derrida's more recent works (Politics of Friendship, the Gift of Death, Cinders, even Postcards) will find Blanchot quite worthwhile.
In The Infinite Conversation are an extensive collection of essays and dialogues composed by Blanchot over several years and most of them originally published seperately. In this book Blanchot explores in a rigorous and almost orderly fashion "what it would mean for something like literature" to exist. Starting with the idea of literature he explores, through consideration of literature--Hoderlin, Homer, Kafka, Levinas and others--the vacant center of such concepts as identity, agency and subjectivity. Almost ex nihilo, Blanchot constructs... Read more
I have read this book all the way through the final page, but I am far from done with it. I will never be done with it. For, as Blanchot says, "The book: a ruse by which writing goest toward the absence of the book." (p. 424)
I cannot help but start from Jean-Luc Nancy's protests against accusations of Blanchot being mystical and nihilistic (Multiple Arts; The Muses II (Stanford, CA; 2006); p. 85). I protest, but not because Blanchot is not a mystic, but because the word is thrown out by these erstwhile critics as an epithet. For me a mystic is one of the four figures that are essential for demarcating a human endeavor worthy of the name. Blanchot is a mystic in that his work breaks out of the everyday, the set, commonplace and utilitarian to the "ungraspable ambiguity" that opens onto "being's inertia," its foregone onwarding, toward which the human reaches its extremity and its strangely demarcated way. He is a mystic because he does the work, and places into circulation... Read more
Blanchot has never been less important as a writer and thinker. He writes in a "fragmentary" style, one which actively resists ideology. What can I say I've learned from Blanchot? What reasons can I give you to read Blanchot? It's all very uncertain.

If I've learned anything from him, it's probably from the kind of atmosphere, the vapors that his writings give off. There is something inalienably irrelevent to these writings. They're just a bunch of crap written down by this "nobody", a shadow of a person, who will (at best) be remembered as one of the forefathers of the holey Jacques Derrida. This is not "respectable academic philosophy", this is the writing of an outsider.

But neither is this lazy writing. Blanchot does not take the "easy way out". He is very challenging and disciplined. He has pioneered a very strange style which slips through the fingers the more it is grasped at. He was a writer for the obscured and forgotten... Read more
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