Maurice Blanchot: Modernism, Dissidence and the Privilege of Writing

Anat Matar*

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The article links Blanchot’s philosophical and political ideas. Embarking from his recurrent dialogue with Wittgenstein’s Tractatus, it traces the development of Blanchot’s “dissident” version of modernism and his notion of “writing”, alongside his post-war political involvement and writing. I argue that Blanchot never relinquished the purist modernist idea of the privilege of writing and with it the privilege of his own self-identification primarily as a writer. It is my contention that this emphasis sometimes obfuscated his vision, both conceptually and politically. I exemplify my claim by appealing to Blanchot’s unconditional support of Israel and Zionism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-80
Number of pages14
JournalCritical Horizons
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018


FundersFunder number
Israel Science Foundation176/13


    • Blanchot
    • Israel/Palestine
    • Marx
    • Russell
    • Wittgenstein
    • dissidence
    • modernism
    • outside
    • writing


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