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Last Steps: Maurice Blanchot's Exilic Writing

Christopher Fynsk


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.

Keywords: “le pas au-delà”, Neutral, Fragmentation, Affirmation, Refusal, Community, Friendship, Fragmentation, Jewish Thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251025
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251025.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Fynsk, author
University of Aberdeen