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The Power of Contestation

Perspectives on Maurice Blanchot

One of the first French intellectuals to take a systematic interest in questions of language and meaning, Maurice Blanchot (1907–2003) substantially influenced such thinkers as Deleuze, Foucault, Barthes, Levinas, and Derrida. Until recently, Blanchot's work remained largely unknown outside France, in part because of its complexity and in part because Blanchot shunned intellectual celebrity. Over the past decade, however, nearly all of Blanchot's books have been translated into English, and worldwide interest in his fiction, cultural criticism, and philosophy has increased dramatically.

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.

About the Authors

Kevin Hart is a professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Geoffrey H. Hartman is the Sterling Professor (Emeritus) of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University.

Endorsements

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

Reviewss

Hart and Hartman asked eight scholars to focus on forms of 'contestation' in Blanchot's work as philosopher-novelist. The result is a surprising revelation of how important this notion was to Blanchot throughout his long life.

- Choice

Impressive, inspiring, and a pleasure to read.

- Martin Crowley - French Studies
Johns Hopkins University Press
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