Approaching Disappearance (Dalkey Archive Scholarly) by Anne McConnell

By Anne McConnell

Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003), the most influential figures of twentieth-century French literature, produced a wide selection of essays and fictions that contemplate the complexities of literary paintings. His description of writing constantly returns to a few subject matters, similar to solitude, passivity, indifference, anonymity, and absence—forces confronting the author, but additionally the reader, the textual content itself, and the kin among the 3. For Blanchot, literature comprises a circulate towards disappearance, the place one hazards the lack of self; yet any such sacrifice, says Blanchot, is inherent within the act of writing. Approaching Disappearance explores the query of disappearance in Blanchot's severe paintings after which turns to 5 narratives that supply a special mirrored image at the risk of disappearance and the calls for of literature—work via Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, Louis-René Des Forêts, and Nathalie Sarraute.

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