"Ce mot sec et latin par surcroît": Maurice Blanchot, Literature and Nihilism

Weller, Shane (2008) "Ce mot sec et latin par surcroît": Maurice Blanchot, Literature and Nihilism. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 44 (3). pp. 307-321. ISSN Print: 0015-8518 Online: 1471-6860. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Although it plays a decisive role in Maurice Blanchot's theorisation of the literary, the concept of nihilism has received surprisingly little critical attention. In this article, I chart Blanchot's deployment of the term "nihilisme" from the early 1940s to the early 1980s, and aim to show the manner in which nihilism as Blanchot conceives it haunts his work as what Nietzsche, in an 1885-86 notebook, describes as "dieser unheimlichste aller Gaste". At the heart of Blanchot's theorisation of the literary as that which he takes to be the only genuine resistance to nihilism, this uncanniness takes the form of a resistance of nihilism, a phrase in which both the subjective and the objective genitive are operative.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Shane Weller
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2009 14:49
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:25
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/7088 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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