L'Espace Littäraire

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U of Nebraska Press, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 279 pages
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Maurice Blanchot, the eminent literary and cultural critic, has had a vast influence on contemporary French writers?among them Jean Paul Sartre and Jacques Derrida. From the 1930s through the present day, his writings have been shaping the international literary consciousness.

The Space of Literature, first published in France in 1955, is central to the development of Blanchot's thought. In it he reflects on literature and the unique demand it makes upon our attention. Thus he explores the process of reading as well as the nature of artistic creativity, all the while considering the relation of the literary work to time, to history, and to death. This book consists not so much in the application of a critical method or the demonstration of a theory of literature as in a patiently deliberate meditation upon the literary experience, informed most notably by studies of Mallarmä, Kafka, Rilke, and H lderlin. Blanchot's discussions of those writers are among the finest in any language.


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Anyone who writes or is interested in writing should read this work immediately. It shocks me how little Blanchot is known and discussed (even in academia(and especially outside of france)). A figure ... Read full review

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If you ever wanted to understand why all your writer friends are congenitally depressed -- Blanchot knows why. The writing project will almost always be an inevitable failure and you can never truly die. So French it hurts...Just read it. Read full review

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Ann Smock's fluent translation retains the tone and sense of the French; her introduction situates Blanchot in the French and American cultural spectrum and outlines the history of his critical concerns. Ann Smock, an associate professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley, also translated Blanchot's The Writing of the Disaster for the University of Nebraska Press in 1986.

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