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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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Notes on Contributors Gisèle Berkman is directrice de programme at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. Her research programme is entitled: ‘La pensée à l’œuvre: écritures de la pensée, des Lumières à l’extrême contemporain’. She is also a member of the editorial committee of the review Po&sie (Belin). She works on the relationship between the Enlightenment and literary and philosophical modernity. She has published articles on Rousseau, Derrida, Nancy, and Blanchot. Her most recent publications include an edited issue entitled ‘Clair/obscur’ (September 2009) of the review Rue Descartes (PUF), and Archéologie du moi, co-edited with Caroline Jacot Grapa (Presses universitaires de Vincennes, 2009). Christophe Bident is maître de conférences at Université de Paris VII – Denis Diderot. He is the author of Maurice Blanchot: partenaire invisible (Champ Vallon, 1998) and Reconnaissances – Antelme, Blanchot, Deleuze (Calmann-Lévy, 2003). He has edited Blanchot’s Chroniques littéraires du Journal des débats, 1941–1944 (Gallimard, 2007) and is currently editing another collection of articles by Blanchot, La Condition critique (Gallimard, 2010). He also writes on contemporary theatre and will soon be publishing an augmented edition of his first book on Koltès, Bernard-Marie Koltès, Généalogies, suivi de Le Sens du monde (Hermann, 2010). A number of his articles on Blanchot have been translated into English, including: ‘Blanchot, Leiris: A Question of Age’, Colloquy, 10 (November 2005); ‘The Movements of the Neuter’, in After Blanchot: Literature, Criticism, Philosophy, ed. by Leslie Hill,...

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