Abstract

Abstract:

I approach Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard through Balzac's Le Chef-d'œuvre inconnu and Blanchot's Le Livre à venir to propose that Mallarmé's blank space, or "le blanc," opens the space of affect. I explore how affect discloses itself through formal means (rather than through contents of subjective experience) to coincide with the movement of spatial expansion. In discussing instances where the universal poetics of negation opens, albeit momentarily, to the fragility of affect, I offer a reading that takes Mallarmé's "blanc" beyond the negativity and absence it is commonly held to be.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-0172
Print ISSN
0146-7891
Pages
pp. 132-149
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-12
Open Access
No
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