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Blanchot Romantique

A Collection of Essays

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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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Index Abraham, 150 Abrams, M. H., 158 Adorno, Theodor, 65 Agamben, Giorgio, 147–48 Alloa, Emmanuel, 47 Antelme, Robert, 9, 49, 79–80, 251, 255, 271 Antonioli, Manola, 165, 170 Arnim, Achim von, 15 Artaud, Antonin, 68, 69 Aury, Dominique, 211 Averroes, 147–48 Ayrault, Roger, 3, 60 Bachelard, Gaston, 169 Bailly, Jean-Christophe, 116 Balibar, Étienne, 25 Bakunin, Mikhail, 249, 258, 260 Barrès, Maurice, 278 Barthes, Roland, 9, 76, 79, 90 Bataille, Georges, 8, 40, 78, 82, 85, 103, 130, 156–57, 185, 211, 266–74, 288 Baudelaire, Charles, 8, 58, 145 Beckett, Samuel, 76, 77, 212 Béguin, Albert, 3, 59, 62, 111, 119 Behler, Ernst, 194 Beisner, Frederick, 178 Benjamin, Walter, 3, 4, 17, 25, 33–34, 51–52, 60, 61, 63, 90–91, 97, 110, 127, 173–90, 213, 223, 225–27, 231, 249, 259–60 Berg, Alban, 90 Bergson, Henri, 121 Berman, Antoine, 3, 52, 59, 66, 69, 97 Bertholin, Jean-Marie, 76 Bident, Christophe, 7–8, 62, 129–30, 133, 219 Bietlot, Mathieu, 40 Bitsoris, Vanghélis, 25 Blake, William, 3, 6, 155–59, 170, 171 Blum, Léon, 287 Bonaparte, Napoleon, 35, 100, 132, 278 Borel, Pétrus, 86–87 Bousquet, Joë, 59 Brecht, Bertholt, 59, 79, 90–91, 236 Brentano, Clemens, 14, 31 Breton, André, 133 Bruns, Gerald, 233–34 Butor, Michel, 9 Byron, G. G., 5–6 Caesar, Julius, 184 Caillois, Roger, 95–96 Calvino, Italo, 9, 62 Camus, Albert, 251–53 Celan, Paul, 212 Cervantes, Miguel de, 183, 185 Char, Ren...

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