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Last steps : Maurice Blanchot's exilic writing

Author: Christopher Fynsk
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Writing, Maurice Blanchot taught us, is not something that is in one's power. It is, rather, a search for a non-power that refuses mastery, order, and all established authority. For Blanchot, this search was guided by an enigmatic exigency, an arresting rupture, and a promise of justice that required endless contestation of every usurping authority, an endless going out toward the other. "The step/not beyond" ("le  Read more...
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Named Person: Maurice Blanchot; Maurice Blanchot
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Fynsk
ISBN: 9780823251025 0823251020 9780823251032 0823251039
OCLC Number: 867469606
Notes: 40022523868
Description: viii, 301 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Sabbatical acquiescence --
pt. 2. Refusal/affirmation --
pt. 3. The exilic step.
Responsibility: Christopher Fynsk

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Offers a sustained reading of Blanchot's The Step Not Beyond that is prepared by interpretive presentations of a number of his important writings of the post-war period  Read more...

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