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Six: “The Writing of the Outside,” (“The Potentialities of Literary Language” in <i>Otherwise than Being</i>)

Gabriel Riera

in Intrigues

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226719
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226719.003.0007
Six: “The Writing of the Outside,”             (“The Potentialities of Literary Language” in Otherwise than               Being)

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This chapter discusses the “Writing of the outside” or the potentiality of poetic language in Maurice Blanchot's The Madness of the Day and Emmanuel Levinas' Otherwise than Being. It examines how Levinas deploys the “question of writing” and how he understands the “outside”, as well as the apparently sudden rapprochement between Levinas and Blanchot. This chapter suggests that Levinas did not develop a positive concept of writing, his reduction of phenomenological discourse shows a displacement and reinscription of a classical understanding of writing.

Keywords: Maurice Blanchot; Emmanuel Levinas; poetic language; writing; The Madness of the Day; Otherwise than Being

Chapter.  7667 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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