Aesthetics of Negativity: Blanchot, Adorno, and Autonomy

Aesthetics of Negativity: Blanchot, Adorno, and Autonomy

by William S. Allen


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823269280
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

William S. Allen is an independent researcher at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Ellipsis: Of Poetry and the Experience of Language after Heidegger, Hölderlin, and Blanchot and has published articles on Benjamin, Roussel, and Béla Tarr.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

1 Abstract and Concrete Modernity
The Language of the Everyday

Part I: Contre-Temps
2. Autonomous Literature: The Manifesto and the Novel
The Formative Drive after Kant, — Benjamin's Historical Critique of the Novel, — Hegel and the Ambivalence of Prose
3. The Obscurities of Artistic Innovation
Blanchot on the New Music — Adorno's Notion of Aesthetic Material

Part II: Negative Spaces
4. Dead Transcendence: Blanchot, Paulhan, Kafka
Transdescendence of the Writer, — Negating Transcendence,
5. An Image of Thought in Thomas l'Obscur
The Idea of Literature as Force of Repulsion — Recapitulation: Bataille and Klossowski,
6. Indifferent Reading in Aminadab
Mallarmé and the Space of Writing — Material Vision, Imaginary Space,

Part III: Material Ambiguity
7. The Language-Like Quality of the Artwork
Mimetic Identity and the Dialectics of Semblance — The Form of Linguisticality in Language,
8. The Possibility of Speculative Writing
Hegel, Blanchot, and the Work of Writing — Serial Hiatus Form in Hölderlin, — Linguistic Works of Art,

Part IV: Grey Literature
9. Echo Location: Beckett's Comment c'est
10. The Negativity of Thinking through Language

Appendix: Thomas l'Obscur, Chapter One


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