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The Infinite Conversation : THEORY AND HISTORY OF LITERATURE - Maurice Blanchot

The Infinite Conversation


By: Maurice Blanchot, Susan Hanson (Translator)

Paperback Published: 16th December 1992
ISBN: 9780816619702
Number Of Pages: 510

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In "The Infinite Conversation", Maurice Blanchot sustains a dialogue with a number of thinkers, including Kafka, Pascal, Nietzsche, Brecht, and Camus, whose contributions have marked turning points in the history of Western thought and have influenced virtually all the themes that inflect contemporary literary and philosophical debate. Reflecting on the nature of language, narrative voice, the imaginary, revolution, nihilism, and Jewish identity, Blanchot brings forward what the accomplishment of dialectical thought, as well as all thought based on categories of opposition, is unable to account for. Grounded in a tradition of philosophy and thoroughly conversant with phenomenology and the Romantic and post-Romantic traditions, Blanchot addresses fundamental questions that haunt all analyses of difference. His unique manner of questioning, which itself borders on poetry, challenges the very basis on which we read and fashion the world. Maurice Blanchot is a French critic, theorist, and novelist and the author of many works, including "Faux Pas", "L'Art de Mort", "La Part du Feu", "L'Espace Littraire", "L'Amiti", and "La Folie du Jour", many of which have been translated into several languages.

Foreword. This Double Exigency: Naming the Possible, Responding to the Impossible
Translator's Acknowledgments
Plural Speech: (the speech of writing)
Thought and the Exigency of Discontinuityp. 3
The Most Profound Questionp. 11
Speaking Is Not Seeingp. 25
The Great Refusalp. 33
Knowledge of the Unknownp. 49
Keeping to Wordsp. 59
The Relation of the Third Kind (man without horizon)p. 66
Interruption (as on a Riemann surface)p. 75
A Plural Speechp. 80
The Limit-Experience
Heraclitusp. 85
Measure, the Suppliantp. 93
Tragic Thoughtp. 96
Affirmation (desire, affliction)p. 106
The Indestructiblep. 123
Reflections on Nihilismp. 136
Reflections on Hellp. 171
Forgetting, Unreasonp. 194
The Limit-Experiencep. 202
The Speech of Analysisp. 230
Everyday Speechp. 238
Atheism and Writing. Humanism and the Cryp. 246
On a Change of Epoch: The Exigency of Returnp. 264
The Absence of the Book (the neutral, the fragmentary)
The Final Workp. 285
Cruel Poetic Reason (the rapacious need for flight)p. 293
Rene Char and the Thought of the Neutralp. 298
The Fragment Wordp. 307
Forgetful Memoryp. 314
Vast as the nightp. 318
Words Must Travel Farp. 326
Wittgenstein's Problemp. 332
A rose is a rose...p. 339
Ars Novap. 345
The Athenaeump. 351
The Effect of Strangenessp. 360
The End of the Herop. 368
The Narrative Voice (the "he," the neutral)p. 379
The Wooden Bridge (repetition, the neutral)p. 388
Literature One More Timep. 397
Tomorrow at Stakep. 407
The Absence of the Bookp. 422
Notesp. 437
Indexp. 465
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ISBN: 9780816619702
ISBN-10: 0816619700
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 510
Published: 16th December 1992
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 2