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Change in the archive: Blanchot's 'L'Entretien infini'

Mckeane, J. (2014) Change in the archive: Blanchot's 'L'Entretien infini'. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 50 (1). pp. 69-81. ISSN 1471-6860

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1093/fmls/cqt027

Abstract/Summary

Today we are faced with the problem of how to relate the archives of deconstructionist thinkers to their thought, which seems opposed to historically-oriented or genetic criticism. This article is the first to look comprehensively at the gestation of Maurice Blanchot's L'Entretien infini, including the work's page-proofs which were made available in 2009. I thus address the multiple processes of change at work throughout Blanchot's writing, with change being a process whose importance goes beyond any single new form of writing resulting from it. My presentation of the archival material is contextualized via a discussion of the notion of L'Absence de livre (the project's working title). Rather than being a straightfoward incompleteness or fragmentation, this notion establishes a fraught relationship between such ideas and what it calls ‘le Livre’.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > French
ID Code:42651
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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