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Dream and Writing in Blanchot

Herschel Farbman

in The Other Night

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228652
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235780 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228652.003.0003
Dream and Writing in Blanchot

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This chapter discusses dream and writing based on the works of Maurice Blanchot. In his works, he often speaks of an “experience”. Blanchot's reflections on the “experiences” of other writers entangle themselves thoroughly in the reflexive webbing of the experience of the experience of writing. This entanglement begins in the impossibility of determining a subject when it comes to the experience of writing. Whenever Blanchot discusses dreaming along with the night, an important and recurrent concern in his work — he discusses it in terms of the experience of writing. The distinction between the “first night” and the “other night” models a logic that Blanchot follows in many of his key distinctions. In his view, sleep is essentially an extension of daytime concerns, whereas the restless movement of the dream is essentially nocturnal.

Keywords: Maurice Blanchot; experience; writing; first night; other night; dreaming; dreams

Chapter.  8347 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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