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Ending and Unending Agony
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Ending and Unending Agony: On Maurice Blanchot

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Abstract

Published posthumously in 2011, Ending and Unending Agony is Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe’s only book entirely devoted to the French writer and essayist Maurice Blanchot (1907–2003). The place of Blanchot in Lacoue-Labarthe’s thought was both discreet and profound, involving difficult, agonizing questions about the status of literature, the implications of which are steeped in political and ethical stakes. Ranking alongside the works of better-known interlocutors for Lacoue-Labarthe’s thinking such as Plato, Hölderlin, Nietzsche, Benjamin, or Heidegger, Blanchot’s writings represent a decisive cro ... More

Keywords: Lacoue-Labarthe, Blanchot, myth, birth of literature, primal scene, experience of death, autobiography, metaphysics, psychoanalysis, deconstruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823264575
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264575.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, author
Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg

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