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    DescriptionOne of the first French intellectuals to take a systematic interest in questions of language and meaning, Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003) substantially influenced such thinkers as Deleuze, Foucault, Barthes, Levinas, and Derrida. Until recently, Blanchot's work remained largely unknown outside France, in part because of its complexity and in part because Blanchot shunned intellectual celebrity. Over the past decade, however, nearly all of Blanchot's books have been translated into English, and worldwide interest in his fiction, cultural criticism, and philosophy has increased dramatically. Kevin Hart and Geoffrey H. Hartman bring together essays by prominent scholars from a range of disciplines to focus on Blanchot's diverse concerns: literature, art, community, politics, ethics, spirituality, and the Holocaust. The volume takes its title from Blanchot's idea that literature is "a power of contestation: contestation of the established power, contestation of what is..., contestation of language and of the forms of literary language, finally contestation of itself as power." Tracing this concept as a central theme of Blanchot's writings, and exploring its scope and ambiguity, the contributors bring this seminal, but formidably difficult, intellect into sharper focus. Contributors: Gerald L. Bruns, University of Notre Dame; Leslie Hill, University of Warwick; Michael Holland, St Hugh's College, Oxford; Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, University of Strasbourg; Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp; Jill Robbins, Emory University, and the editors.

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    The Power of Contestation
    Perspectives on Maurice Blanchot
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Kevin Hart, Edited by Geoffrey H. Hartman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801879623
    ISBN 10: 0801879620

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    LC classification: PQ2603.L33, PQ2603.L3343 Z7955 2004
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    05 November 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Kevin Hart is a professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Geoffrey H. Hartman is the Sterling Professor (Emeritus) of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University.
    Review quote
    Hart and Hartman asked eight scholars to focus on forms of 'contestation' in Blanchot's work as philosopher-novelist. The result is a surprising revelation of how important this notion was to Blanchot throughout his long life. Choice 2005 Impressive, inspiring, and a pleasure to read. -- Martin Crowley French Studies 2007