The Power of Contestation
Perspectives on Maurice Blanchot
Kevin Hart and Geoffrey H. Hartman bring together essays by prominent scholars from a range of disciplines to focus on Blanchot's diverse concerns: literature, art, community, politics, ethics, spirituality, and the Holocaust. The volume takes its title from Blanchot's idea that literature is "a power of contestation: contestation of the established power, contestation of what is . . . , contestation of language and of the forms of literary language, finally contestation of itself as power." Tracing this concept as a central theme of Blanchot's writings, and exploring its scope and ambiguity, the contributors bring this seminal, but formidably difficult, intellect into sharper focus.
Contributors: Gerald L. Bruns, University of Notre Dame; Leslie Hill, University of Warwick; Michael Holland, St Hugh's College, Oxford; Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, University of Strasbourg; Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp; Jill Robbins, Emory University, and the editors.
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"Impressive, inspiring, and a pleasure to read."—Martin Crowley, French Studies
"A first-rate collection of essays on Maurice Blanchot, an outstanding writer, original thinker, and major figure in French modernity who exerted significant influence on many important postwar writers, critics, and philosophers, including Duras, Barthes, Foucault, Deleuze, de Man, and Derrida. All of the essays are interesting and acute, and the introduction is splendid."—Gerald Prince, University of Pennsylvania
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