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IntriguesFrom Being to the Other$
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Gabriel Riera

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226719

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226719.001.0001

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Six: “The Writing of the Outside,” (“The Potentialities of Literary Language” in Otherwise than Being)

Six: “The Writing of the Outside,” (“The Potentialities of Literary Language” in Otherwise than Being)

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(p.135) Six: “The Writing of the Outside,” (“The Potentialities of Literary Language” in Otherwise than Being)
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Intrigues
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Gabriel Riera

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226719.003.0007

This chapter discusses the “Writing of the outside” or the potentiality of poetic language in Maurice Blanchot's The Madness of the Day and Emmanuel Levinas' Otherwise than Being. It examines how Levinas deploys the “question of writing” and how he understands the “outside”, as well as the apparently sudden rapprochement between Levinas and Blanchot. This chapter suggests that Levinas did not develop a positive concept of writing, his reduction of phenomenological discourse shows a displacement and reinscription of a classical understanding of writing.

Keywords:   Maurice Blanchot, Emmanuel Levinas, poetic language, writing, The Madness of the Day, Otherwise than Being

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