Last StepsMaurice Blanchot's Exilic Writing

Last StepsMaurice Blanchot's Exilic Writing

Christopher Fynsk

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9780823251025

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Abstract

This book provides close readings of a number of Maurice Blanchot's important post-war writings. It offers the most sustained reading of The Step Not Beyond available, and includes chapters on Levinas and Blanchot's relation to Judaism. It attempts a form of reading that is responsive to the exorbitant challenge presented by the work of one of the most important writers and thinkers of the 20th century. It seeks to trace the possibility and lineaments of an affirmative turn that proceeds from a most trenchant refusal.