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His work had a strong influence on post-structuralist philosophers such as Gilles DeleuzeMichel Foucaultand Jacques Derrida. Little was known until recently about much of Blanchot’s life, and he long remained one of the most mysterious figures of contemporary literature. He then embarked on a career as a political journalist in Paris. There is no dispute that Blanchot was nevertheless the author of a series of violently polemical articles attacking the government of the day and blanchhot confidence in the politics of the League of Nations, and espcio persistently against the threat to peace in Europe posed by Nazi Germany.

In Decemberhe met Georges Bataillewho had written strong anti-fascist articles in the thirties, and who would remain a close friend until his death in Blanchot worked in Paris during the Nazi occupation. In these reviews he laid the foundations for later French critical thinking, by examining the ambiguous rhetorical nature of language, and the irreducibility of the written word to notions of truth or falsity. He remained a bitter opponent of the fascist, anti-semitic novelist and journalist Robert Brasillachwho was the principal leader of the pro-Nazi collaborationist movement, and was active in the Resistance.

After the war, Blanchot began working only as a novelist and literary critic. Like Sartre and other French intellectuals of the era, Blanchot avoided the academy as a means of livelihood, instead relying on his pen.

At the same time, he began a lifestyle of relative isolation, often not seeing close friends like Levinas for years, while continuing to write lengthy letters to them.

Part of the reason for his self-imposed isolation and only part of it — his isolation was closely connected to his writing and is often featured among his characters was the fact mmaurice, for most of his life, Blanchot suffered from poor health. Blanchot’s political activities after the war shifted to the left. The manifesto was crucial to the intellectual response to the war. In MayBlanchot once again emerged blanvhot personal obscurity, in support of the student protests.

It was his sole public appearance after the war. Yet for fifty years he remained a consistent champion ezpacio modern literature and its tradition in French letters. During the later years of his life, he llterario wrote against the intellectual attraction to fascism, and notably against Heidegger ‘s post-war silence over the Holocaust. Blanchot wrote more than thirty works of fiction, literary criticism, and philosophy. Up to the s, he worked continually in his writing to break the barriers between what are generally perceived as different “genres” or “tendencies”, and much of his later work moves freely between narration and philosophical investigation.

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This work inspired Llterario Inoperative Community[7] Jean-Luc Nancy ‘s attempt to approach community in rspacio non-religious, non-utilitarian and un-political exegesis.

Sl work is not a coherent, all-encompassing ‘theory’, since it is a work founded on paradox and impossibility. The thread running through all his writing is the constant engagement with the ‘question of literature’, a litsrario enactment and interrogation of the profoundly strange experience of writing.

For Blanchot, ‘literature begins at the moment when literature becomes a question’ Literature and the Right to Death. In the everyday use of language, words are the vehicles of ideas. The word ‘flower’ means flower that refers to flowers in the world. No doubt it is possible to read literature in this way, but literature is more than this everyday use of language. For in literature ‘flower’ does not just mean flower but many things, and it can only do so because the word is independent from what it signifies.

This independence, which is passed over in the everyday use of language, is the negativity at the heart of language. The word means something because it negates the physical reality of the thing.

Only in this way can the idea arise. The absence of the thing is made good by the presence of the idea.

What the everyday use of language steps over to make use of the idea, and what literature remains fascinated by, is the absence of the physical materiality of thing, annihilated from its existence. Literary language, therefore, is a double negation, both of the thing and the idea. It is in this space that literature becomes possible where words take on a strange and mysterious reality of their own, and where also meaning and reference remain allusive and ambiguous [ citation needed ].

Blanchot hlanchot with Heidegger on the question of the philosopher’s death, showing how literature and death are both experienced as anonymous passivity, an experience that Blanchot variously refers to as “the Neutral” le neutre. Unlike Heidegger, Blanchot rejects the possibility of an authentic relation to death, because he rejects the possibility of death, that is to say of the individual’s experience blanchor death.


He thus rejects, in total, the possibility of understanding and “properly” engaging with it; and this resonates with Levinas ‘ take too. Blanchot reverses Heidegger’s position on death as the “possibility of the absolute impossibility” of Daseininstead viewing death as the “impossibility of every possibility”.

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Blanchot also draws heavily from Franz Kafkaand his fictional work like his theoretical work is shot through with an engagement with Kafka’s writing.

Blanchot’s work was also strongly influenced by his friends Georges Bataille and Emmanuel Levinas. Blanchot’s later work in particular is influenced by Levinasian ethics and the question of responsibility to the Other. On the other hand, Blanchot’s own literary works, like the famous Thomas the Obscureheavily influenced Levinas’s and Bataille’s ideas about the possibility that our vision of reality is blurred because of the use of words thus making everything you perceive automatically as abstract as words are [ citation needed ].

The Space of Literature

The main intellectual biography of Blanchot is by Christophe Bident: Maurice Blanchot, espaci invisible. Many of Blanchot’s principal translators into English established reputations as prose stylists and poets in their own right; some of the more well-known include Lydia DavisPaul Austerand Pierre Joris. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Chablis grand cru vineyard, see Chablis wine. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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Continental philosophy Phenomenology of aesthetic experience [1]. Philosophy of death Literary criticism Moral philosophy Political philosophy Philosophy of language. The Neutral le neutre Right to death Two kinds of death the first mairice is the actual event, situated within history; the second death is the pure form of the event, which never happens [2] [3].