Desperate Clarity

Desperate Clarity Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1942

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Publisher's Synopsis

These articles gradually outline a practical project that both looks back to the radical artistic doctrines of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and anticipates the most original developments in the postwar era, among writers such as Robbe-Grillet, Butor, Sarraute, and Duras, not to mention Blanchot himself. In addition Blanchot is receptive in his weekly column to the extraordinarily wide range of original writing and thinking that was produced during the dark years of occupation, in areas such as psychology, anthropology, ancient history, linguistics, and philosophy. A highly original doctrine of writing can be seen to develop in which, thanks to the desperate clarity with which Blanchot's mind accepts and advances into what he sees as absolute and irrevocable disaster, thought is carefully and systematically deflected away from any sort of nihilism, thanks to a new relationship between reason, with its unitary subject, and the otherness to which imagination offers access.

Book information

ISBN: 9780823251001
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Imprint: Fordham University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 944.0816
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 328g
Height: 152mm
Width: 229mm
Spine width: 16mm