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The Space of Literature: A Translation of
     

The Space of Literature: A Translation of "L'Espace litteraire" / Edition 1

by Maurice Blanchot, Ann Smock
 

ISBN-10: 080326092X

ISBN-13: 9780803260924

Pub. Date: 12/01/1989

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback

Maurice Blanchot, the eminent literary and cultural critic, has had a vast influence on contemporary French writers—among them Jean Paul Sartre and Jacques Derrida. From the 1930s through the present day, his writings have been shaping the international literary consciousness.

The Space of Literature, first published in France in 1955, is central to

Overview

Maurice Blanchot, the eminent literary and cultural critic, has had a vast influence on contemporary French writers—among them Jean Paul Sartre and Jacques Derrida. From the 1930s through the present day, his writings have been shaping the international literary consciousness.

The Space of Literature, first published in France in 1955, is central to the development of Blanchot's thought. In it he reflects on literature and the unique demand it makes upon our attention. Thus he explores the process of reading as well as the nature of artistic creativity, all the while considering the relation of the literary work to time, to history, and to death. This book consists not so much in the application of a critical method or the demonstration of a theory of literature as in a patiently deliberate meditation upon the literary experience, informed most notably by studies of Mallarmé, Kafka, Rilke, and Hölderlin. Blanchot's discussions of those writers are among the finest in any language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803260924
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date:
12/01/1989
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
741,920
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Translator's Introduction,
I The Essential Solitude,
II Approaching Literature's Space Mallarmé's Experience,
III The Work's Space and Its Demand,
The Work and the Errant Word,
Kafka and the Work's Demand,
IV The Work and Death's Space,
Death as Possibility,
The Igitur Experience,
Rilke and Death's Demand:,
1. The Search for a Proper Death,
2. Death's Space,
3. Death's Transmutation,
V Inspiration,
The Outside, the Night,
Orpheus's Gaze,
Inspiration, Lack of Inspiration,
VI Communication and the Work,
Reading,
Communication,
VII Literature and the Original Experience,
The Future and the Question of Art,
Characteristics of the Work of Art,
The Original Experience,
Appendixes,
The Essential Solitude and Solitude in the World,
The Two Versions of the Imaginary,
Sleep, Night,
Hölderlin's Itinerary,
Index,

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