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Blanchot Romantique

A Collection of Essays


Edited By John McKeane and Hannes Opelz

The work of French writer and essayist Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003) is without doubt among the most challenging the twentieth century has to offer. Contemporary debate in literature, philosophy, and politics has yet to fully acknowledge its discreet but enduring impact. Arising from a conference that took place in Oxford in 2009, this book sets itself a simple, if daunting, task: that of measuring the impact and responding to the challenge of Blanchot’s work by addressing its engagement with the Romantic legacy, in particular (but not only) that of the Jena Romantics. Drawing upon a wide range of philosophers and poets associated directly or indirectly with German Romanticism (Kant, Fichte, Goethe, Jean Paul, Novalis, the Schlegels, Hölderlin), the authors of this volume explore how Blanchot’s fictional, critical, and fragmentary texts rewrite and rethink the Romantic demand in relation to questions of criticism and reflexivity, irony and subjectivity, narrative and genre, the sublime and the neutre, the Work and the fragment, quotation and translation. Reading Blanchot with or against key twentieth-century thinkers (Benjamin, Foucault, de Man), they also examine Romantic and post-Romantic notions of history, imagination, literary theory, melancholy, affect, love, revolution, community, and other central themes that Blanchot’s writings deploy across the century from Jean-Paul Sartre to Jean-Luc Nancy. This book contains contributions in both English and French.


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Bibliography With the exception of abbreviated titles, full references to works cited by the authors of this volume are included in footnotes. In the following bibliography, we have lim- ited ourselves to giving indications, without claiming to be exhaustive, of the various engagements with Romanticism in Blanchot’s non-fictional œuvre. This bibliography is thus more akin to a reading list, containing items referred to in this volume, in addition to other passages where Romanticism and related issues are addressed. For a (nearly) exhaustive bibliography of Blanchot’s writings (including his fiction) and for a regularly updated critical bibliography, we refer the reader to the online bibli- ographies available at Espace Maurice Blanchot, (accessed 31 March 2010). Dates in parentheses following book or section titles indicate the time span during which Blanchot’s articles, essays, fragmentary texts, letters, or portions of these, were first published or composed. The material is listed chronologically, according to the date of first publication or composition (and not necessarily according to their place in the edition in which they were subsequently collected). Full bibliographical details for books by Blanchot mentioned below may be found in the Abbreviations list at the beginning of this volume. Material collected in book form from Chroniques littéraires (ed. posth.) (1941–44): ‘Du Moyen Âge au symbolisme’ (121–26) ‘“Le Plus beau livre du romantisme”’ (220–26) ‘Cette affaire infernale’ (227–32) ‘Le Feu, l’eau et les rêves’ (240–46) ‘Les Inconnus du romantisme’ (253–59) ‘Le Fantastique de Hoffmann’ (410–16)...

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