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The Other NightDreaming, Writing, and Restlessness in Twentieth-Century Literature$
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Herschel Farbman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228652

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228652.001.0001

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Dream and Writing in Blanchot

Dream and Writing in Blanchot

(p.48) Two Dream and Writing in Blanchot
The Other Night

Herschel Farbman

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses dream and writing based on the works of Maurice Blanchot. In his works, he often speaks of an “experience”. Blanchot's reflections on the “experiences” of other writers entangle themselves thoroughly in the reflexive webbing of the experience of the experience of writing. This entanglement begins in the impossibility of determining a subject when it comes to the experience of writing. Whenever Blanchot discusses dreaming along with the night, an important and recurrent concern in his work — he discusses it in terms of the experience of writing. The distinction between the “first night” and the “other night” models a logic that Blanchot follows in many of his key distinctions. In his view, sleep is essentially an extension of daytime concerns, whereas the restless movement of the dream is essentially nocturnal.

Keywords:   Maurice Blanchot, experience, writing, first night, other night, dreaming, dreams

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