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Approaching Disappearance

Author: Anne McConnell
Publisher: Champaign : Dalkey Archive Press, 2013.
Series: Dalkey Archive scholarly series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003), one of the most influential figures of twentieth-century French literature, produced a wide variety of essays and fictions that reflect on the complexities of literary work. His description of writing continually returns to a number of themes, such as solitude, passivity, indifference, anonymity, and absence--forces confronting the writer, but also the reader, the text itself, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Maurice Blanchot; Maurice Blanchot; Maurice Blanchot
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anne McConnell
ISBN: 9781564788085 1564788083
OCLC Number: 783161379
Description: xv, 223 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Approaching disappearance --
Franz Kafka and the disappearance of the writer --
Lost in the labyrinth: Jorge Luis Borges's "The garden of forking paths" --
The disappearing act of Louis-Renø Des Forêts's Bavard --
Anonymity and the neutral in Nathalie Sarraute's Tropisms --
Into the night: Blanchot's L'Arrêt de Mort.
Series Title: Dalkey Archive scholarly series.
Responsibility: Anne McConnell.

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"Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003), one of the most influential figures of twentieth-century French literature, produced a wide variety of essays and fictions that reflect on the complexities of literary work. His description of writing continually returns to a number of themes, such as solitude, passivity, indifference, anonymity, and absence--forces confronting the writer, but also the reader, the text itself, and the relations between the three. For Blanchot, literature involves a movement toward disappearance, where one risks the loss of self; but such a sacrifice, says Blanchot, is inherent in the act of writing. Approaching Disappearance explores the question of disappearance in Blanchot's critical work and then turns to five narratives that offer a unique reflection on the threat of disappearance and the demands of literature--work by Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, Louis-Rene Des Forets, and Nathalie Sarraute"--provided by publisher.

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