Chapter

The Imperative of Transparency: Maurice Blanchot's <i>the one who was standing apart from me</i>

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/9780823234349.003.0015
The Imperative of Transparency: Maurice Blanchot's the one who was standing apart from me

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

To engage with a philosophical question already at work in a narrative, or rather, a récit, such as Maurice Blanchot's the one who was standing apart from me, or to engage with one that may illuminate it, this chapter asks whether or not this requires a prior philosophical reading first to locate such a question, or to establish the narrative's philosophical credentials so that a specific philosophical question can shed light on it. However, if such a reading implies the search for a thematic content that is philosophically significant, or that takes place in view of principles underpinning Blanchot's writings and thought, then his fictional texts may have little to offer. Any philosophical approach must take the one who was standing apart from me just as it offers itself. And it must do so without trying to recuperate anything that Blanchot was himself clearly at pains to eradicate.

Keywords: narrative; récit; Maurice Blanchot; philosophical reading; Blanchot's writings

Chapter.  10176 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Fordham University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.