On Maurice Blanchot and the Political
Zakir Paul, Ann Smock, Helen Tartar, and Jean-Michel Rabaté in conversation
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Slought Foundation is pleased to present a public conversation on the political works of Maurice Blanchot. The event will take place at Slought Foundation on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. It will feature Zakir Paul, Ann Smock, and Helen Tartar in conversation and will be moderated by Jean-Michel Rabate. The event serves as the book launch for Maurice Blanchot, Political Writings 1953-1993, translated and edited by Zakir Paul and recently published by Fordham University Press.
Maurice Blanchot, one of the most important voices in twentieth-century literature and thought, was a writer, critic, and journalist who had a major influence on thinkers such as Foucault, Derrida, Nancy, and many others. Both his fiction and his criticism played a determining role in how postwar French philosophy was written, especially in its intense concern with the question of writing as such. Never an academic, he published most of his critical work in periodicals and led a highly private life. Yet his writing included an often underestimated public and political dimension. Although over his lifetime his politics changed radically—from the far right to the far left, and then to the side of the far left—he remained constant in his rejection of party and in his affirmation of dissidence.