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The Disavowed Community$
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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273843

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273843.001.0001

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“Essentially That Which Escapes”

“Essentially That Which Escapes”

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The Disavowed Community

Jean-Luc Nancy

Fordham University Press

In the last chapter, Nancy measures the implication of the Christian references in Blanchot’s text while seeking to understand what constitutes the “unavowable” in Blanchot’s unavowable community. The question of the unavowable is related to different ways of conceiving of community in Blanchot’s text, which suggests that it is neither the realization of its essence nor its “dissolution.” The argument also opens to questions of myth, as well as the relation between work and unworking in the thought of community, the very terms that initiated Blanchot’s exchange with Nancy in the first place

Keywords:   avowable, community, escape

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