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Accompaniments for a Title: For Werner Hamacher

Rodolphe Gasché

in The Stelliferous Fold

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234349
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823234349.003.0014
Accompaniments for a Title: For Werner Hamacher

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In the position of a descriptive heading, a title accompanies a text by dominating its entire body. It should do so by stating what the text is about, exhibiting its subject matter, its theme, or essence. The title remains offshore and does not touch the land of the text. But the title of Blanchot's récit, Celui qui ne m'accompagnait pas—translated into German as Jener, der mich nicht begleitete, and, more problematically, in English as the one who was standing apart from me—perhaps suggests an even more complex relation to the text that it does not accompany, or to which it does not render any service. This chapter is an attempt at weaving together the abyssal meanings of the title, the one who was standing apart from me.

Keywords: title; Blanchot's récit; subject matter; Jener; theme; essence

Chapter.  3039 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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