Maurice Blanchot was a French writer, philosopher, and literary theorist. His work had a strong . Thomas l’Obscur, (Thomas the Obscure); Aminadab, ; L’Arrêt de mort, (Death Sentence); Le Très-Haut, (The Most High). Nevertheless, how can one in good conscious reduce a text by Blanchot to a How can one put forth an interpretation of Thomas the Obscure that avoids. Thomas the Obscure. Maurice Blanchot and Robert Lamberton (Translator). Before Sartre, before Beckett, before Robbe-Grillet, Maurice Blanchot created the .

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He is looked at by the image as he is chosen from the anterior surface. Jan 26, Wayne rated it did not like it. Thomas sees language as an all-encompassing space that is a counter-world and not the real. Her enthusiasm and approachability were invaluable during my research. In fact, in some sense this entity is entirely beyond time; it is eternal and the locus of a potentially infinite series of interpretations passed on from generation to generation of physical persons largely through language!

His thought awakens to a confrontation with a counter world—being in language that is opposed to the imprisoned pure inner spirit. Considering these similarities alongside the fact that The Space of Literature contains a discussion centered on the gaze of Orpheus, I believe Thomas the Obscure easily lends itself to an interpretation that frames it as a palimpsest of the Orphic story.


In addition, each obscjre these three novels more or less avoid, by recourse to a spare obscurre, the rhetorical flourish common to the French tradition of fiction. His thoughts start to turn around upon themselves as his thought imagines his consciousness to be a centre in which to anchor self-identity.

Silences can mean obscur repressed, and the hidden. No eBook available Amazon. In the conclusion, I will discuss the significance of my findings into the examination of Thomas the Obscure. Later that night Thomas has another out of body experience, seeing and feeling himself simultaneously: His Orpheus-like gaze turns back upon itself as he faces dying the death of the other.

In keeping with the Orphic tragedy, this insouciance on Thomas’s part in effect brings about Anne’s second blancuot.

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His vision, that is also a lack of vision, culminates in a scene whereby he sees beyond the light of daybreak through the darkness. Filled with passages about images, eyes, the “true death”, with phrases like “He saw his image in the total absence of images” and “In death itself, he was deprived of death, a horribly destroyed man, stopped in the midst of nothingness by his own image”.

Retrieved thokas ” https: According to Blanchot’s interpretation of the Orphic myth, though, Thomas must cast the inordinate gaze, for this vision grants knowledge and illumination. It is an entity, therefore, not driven, like Daseinby fear of death, but the continuously new possibilities of its interpretations of life.


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Thomas the Obscure

Thomas suffers from the horror of abjection as he is expelled into action by his instincts that propel desire for the absent thing. Lacan also argues that Socrates revealed a de-centering of the subject due to the problem of the signifier being a closed system of belief.

I ate this book like a great meal after indescribable hunger. First issued in English in in a limited edition, this re-issue includes an illuminating essay on translation by Lamberton.

Here he finds himself seated next to a woman, the sight of which immediately casts upon him a spell of fascination. I could This sentence gives the essence of Blanchot’s style here. Thought is a reconstructed event that tbe after the immediate experience.

Against his lips, in his mouth, it was forcing its way toward a monstrous union. After the war, Blanchot began working only as a novelist and literary critic.

The Negative Eschatology of Maurice Blanchot by Kevin S. Fitzgerald

Blanchot wrote more than thirty works of fiction, literary thomaas, and philosophy. His deviant desire searches for a latent presence beneath inauthentic symbols. What is one to make of Blanchot’s almost obsessive exploration in his work of death?

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