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Aesthetics of Negativity

William S. Allen


Blanchot’s writings are distinctive for the ways that negativity takes place in them in terms of the experience of literature, the possibility of the work, and the nature of its language. However, this role in his thinking is unique and is not to be subsumed to the negativity found in the thought of Hegel or Heidegger, although it partakes of aspects of both. Instead, negativity for Blanchot operates at the level of the ontological status of language, which oscillates undecidably between the assertion and negation of meaning and thereby affects the experience of literature and the possibility ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, ambiguity, autonomy, materiality, negativity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823269280
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823269280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William S. Allen, author
University of Southampton