The Step Not Beyond / Edition 1by Maurice Blanchot
Pub. Date: 07/01/1992
Publisher: State University of New York Press
This book is a translation of Maurice Blanchot's work that is of major importance to late 20th-century literature and philosophy studies. Using the fragmentary form, Blanchot challenges the boundaries between the literary and the philosophical. With the obsessive rigor that has always marked his writing, Blanchot returns to the themes that have haunted his work since the beginning: writing, death, transgression, the neuter, but here the figures around whom his discussion turns are Hegel and Nietzsche rather than Mallarme and Kafka.
The metaphor Blanchot uses for writing in The Step Not Beyond is the game of chance. Fragmentary writing is a play of limits, a play of ever-multiplied terms in which no one term ever takes precedence. Through the randomness of the fragmentary, Blanchot explores ideas as varied as the relation of writing to luck and to the law, the displacement of the self in writing, the temporality of the Eternal Return, the responsibility of the self towards the others.
- State University of New York Press
- Publication date:
- SUNY series, Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory Series
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)
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Ignore the Booknews review.. this book has nothing to do with movement disorders or intraaxial tumors, nor does it really fit the discription following. This is Blanchot's meditation on Nietzsche's Eternal Return, employing the style of the aphorism sequence that he often uses. Part of this is translated in Blackwell Publ.'s The Blanchot Reader, but 'tis no substitution. This is the English translation you want, because it respects the integrity of the full sequence of references. Anyone who enjoys Blanchot or Nietasche will find this a treat.