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The Disavowed Community

Jean-Luc Nancy


Over thirty years after Maurice Blanchot writes The Unavowable Community (1983)—a book that offered a critical response to an early essay by Jean-Luc Nancy on “the inoperative community”—Nancy responds in turn with The Disavowed Community (2014). Unfolding as a close reading of Blanchot’s text, Nancy’s essay addresses a range of themes and motifs that mark both his proximity to and distance from Blanchot’s thinking. These themes and motifs include: their respective readings of Georges Bataille, notably his political writings as well as his appeal to the “community of lovers”; pre- and post-war ... More

Keywords: Bataille, Georges, Blanchot, Maurice, communism, community, disavowal, Duras, Marguerite, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823273843
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823273843.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Luc Nancy, author
Université Marc Bloch