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The Aesthetics of HateFar-Right Intellectuals, Antisemitism, and Gender in 1930s France$
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Sandrine Sanos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774574

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774574.001.0001

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The Absent Author

The Absent Author

Maurice Blanchot and the Subjection of Politics

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The Aesthetics of Hate
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This chapter analyzes the works of literary critic Maurice Blanchot. His youthful interwar writings helped shape a discourse of the nation, its substance and borders, haunted by the figure of an “other,” and articulated an obsession with the way the subject can emerge undivided and in harmony with the social body—concerns that far-right writers like Thierry Maulnier, Jean–Pierre Maxence, and Jean de Fabrègues also addressed. Politics and literature were the sites where Blanchot worked through his possible answer to the crisis of subjectivity, self, and nation, and his relation to the difference which became associated with Jewishness. Like the Young New Right intellectuals he was close to, Blanchot attempted to find a resolution to a seemingly untenable political situation, that of interwar France perceived to be in the throes of a cultural and moral crisis.

Keywords:   Maurice Blanchot, literary critic, interwar writings, nation, subjectivity, social body, far-right writers, Jewishness, France

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