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The Stelliferous FoldToward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation$
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Rodolphe Gasché

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234349

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234349.001.0001

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The Imperative of Transparency: Maurice Blanchot's the one who was standing apart from me

The Imperative of Transparency: Maurice Blanchot's the one who was standing apart from me

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(p.316) Chapter 14: The Imperative of Transparency: Maurice Blanchot's the one who was standing apart from me
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The Stelliferous Fold
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Rodolphe Gasché

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234349.003.0015

To engage with a philosophical question already at work in a narrative, or rather, a récit, such as Maurice Blanchot's the one who was standing apart from me, or to engage with one that may illuminate it, this chapter asks whether or not this requires a prior philosophical reading first to locate such a question, or to establish the narrative's philosophical credentials so that a specific philosophical question can shed light on it. However, if such a reading implies the search for a thematic content that is philosophically significant, or that takes place in view of principles underpinning Blanchot's writings and thought, then his fictional texts may have little to offer. Any philosophical approach must take the one who was standing apart from me just as it offers itself. And it must do so without trying to recuperate anything that Blanchot was himself clearly at pains to eradicate.

Keywords:   narrative, récit, Maurice Blanchot, philosophical reading, Blanchot's writings

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