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Clandestine Encounters
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Maurice Blanchot is perhaps best known as a major French intellectual of the twentieth century: the man who countered Sartre’s views on literature, who affirmed the work of Sade and Lautréamont, who gave eloquent voice to the generation of ’68, and whose philosophical and literary work influenced the writing of, among others, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, and Michel Foucault. He is also regarded as one of the most acute narrative writers in France since Marcel Proust. In Clandestine Encounters, Kevin Hart has gathered together major literary critics in Britain, France, and the United States to engage with Blanchot’s immense, fascinating, and difficult body of creative work. Hart’s substantial introduction usefully places Blanchot as a significant contributor to the tradition of the French philosophical novel, beginning with Voltaire’s Candide in 1759, and best known through the works of Sartre. Clandestine Encounters considers a selection of Blanchot’s narrative writings over the course of almost sixty years, from stories written in the mid-1930s to L’instant de ma mort (1994). Collectively, the contributors’ close readings of Blanchot’s novels, récits, and stories illuminate the close relationship between philosophy and narrative in his work while underscoring the variety and complexity of these narratives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Philosophy and the Philosophical
  2. pp. 1-31
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  1. One. The Glory and the Abyss: Le ressassement
  2. pp. 32-60
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  1. Two. The Neutral Reduction: Thomas l’obscur
  2. pp. 61-90
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  1. Three. Aminadab: Quest for the Origin of the Work of Art
  2. pp. 91-118
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  1. Four. A Law without Flesh: Reading Erotic Phenomena in Le Trés-Haut
  2. pp. 119-155
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  1. Five. The Haunted House of Being: Part II of L’arrêt de mort
  2. pp. 156-177
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  1. Six. Writing and Sovereignty: La folie du jour
  2. pp. 178-195
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  1. Seven. On Minor Reading Events: Orality and Spacing in the Opening of Au moment voulu
  2. pp. 196-215
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  1. Eight. The Imperative of Transparency: Celui qui ne m’accompagnait pas
  2. pp. 216-240
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  1. Nine. “As Though with a New Beginning”: Le dernier homme
  2. pp. 241-262
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  1. Ten. Space and Beyond: L’attente l’oubli
  2. pp. 263-281
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  1. Eleven. Weary Words: L’entretien infini
  2. pp. 282-303
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  1. Twelve. Neutral War: L’instant de ma mort
  2. pp. 304-326
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  1. Bibliography of Writings by Maurice Blanchot
  2. pp. 327-330
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 331-334
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-336
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