The Task of the Doppelgänger

Dimitris Vardoulakis

in The Doppelgänger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232987
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235698 | DOI:

Series: Modern Language Initiative

The Task of the             Doppelgänger

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This chapter examines the three tasks of the Doppelgänger, looking at the issues of literature, criticism, and philosophy with the disappearance of the presence effected by the Doppelgänger. It looks into the works of Maurice Blanchot and Jean Paul. In the Doppelgänger's reflection, both the subject and the law can only be present as absent—that is, not framed by the opposition between presence and absence. In this sense, the chapter argues that there is collusion between Jean Paul and Maurice Blanchot. This allows for the operative presence of the Doppelgänger, which unfolds on the fault lines of literature, criticism, and philosophy. The Doppelgänger arises at the points where each inquiry reaches a limit, transforming itself into something else. The collocution of Jean Paul and Blanchot holds that the canon is not merely a list of authors compiled by the critic but arises out of the absent presence of the doppelgänger.

Keywords: literature; criticism; philosophy; Maurice Blanchot; Jean Paul; collocutor; absent presence

Chapter.  13477 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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