The split in the Orpheic world is predetermined: there is light and there is darkness; life above and death below. And yet, he continues,. Orpheus has gone down to Eurydice: for him Eurydice is the limit of what art can attain; concealed behind a name and covered by a veil, she is the profoundly dark point towards which art, desire, death, and the night all seem to lead. She is the instant in which the essence of the night approaches as the Other night. Rendering this dark point, the lure, the point in which the artist's control is undermined, is also the object of the work of art:.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Adams Sitney Editor. Lydia Davis Translator. Geoffrey Hartman Preface. Writing about The Gaze of Orpheus, Geoffrey Hartman suggested that When we come to write the history of criticism for the to period, it will be found that Blanchot, together with Sartre, made French 'discourse' possible, both in its relentlessness and its acuity..

This selection. Reading him now, and in this form, I feel once more the excitement of discovering Blanchot in the s. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.

Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 20, Martin Ledstrup rated it it was amazing. At times, when I read this book, I stopped reading and said out loud: oh This is perhaps the best I've ever read about literature. It was my first encounter with Blanchot.

Never have I read anything which so intimates at the unspeakable in literature. So I guess there's no more to say in this review. To turn back is to lose sight of all that you held preciously in your mind. Mar 11, Brandon added it. Congratulations Maurice, you kicked my ass. Apr 23, Venereal Bede rated it liked it. A book full of 'itself'. My fondness of French intellectual thought and poststructuralism cannot mitigate the negative emotions I began to harbour after reading the first essay.

Blanchot's thought oscillates between two states in attempt to describe some deadness or, as he calls it, 'worklessness', but, as a result, needlessly fluffs his page. Some criticism, however, should be cast on the editors of this edition because it is full of punctuational inconsistencies, and it lacks some essential formatting to aid the reader in the tiresome journey that is reading this baboon.

Luckily, the above-said does not do justice to Blanchot, so let's judge each essay like one ought to do. If one takes this as the 'starter' or 'appetiser' of the book, some ideas on the absurdity of written communication how when one addresses his loneliness he simultaneously requires a reader to acknowledge this very same loneliness or speculations on the source of language will be delightful despite Blanchot's nebulous comparisons and vacuous language.

Halfway through p. Here, Blanchot, intentionally or not, posits a joke by recounting Paul Valery's lament on the dismissal of his works caused by the sheer lack of patience of inattentive readers. Blanchot predicted my review well. Now we know why. What happens to a book before we read it? What is a book when closed and when opened.

Some spooky ontology is at work here. The eponymous 'The Gaze of Orpheus' - 1. I can't see this essay being a standalone piece of work, otherwise I would be beyond baffled if it were my first encounter with Blanchot. Again, a worthwhile essay obscured by the vain prose and whimsies of the rest. What does a writer want, and should he be politically involved compare some thoughts by Franzen in his interview for the 'Louisiana channel'.

Second one is zealous and elaborates not only on Wittgenstein god forbid you expect an entire essay dedicated to him , but on how poets such as Flaubert and Mallarme dealt with language's imperfections. Both essays are charming. Afterword: clean, insightful, well fleshed-out, and, above all, contemporary. Final verdict - a rewarding book which fills the reader with the same dread Blanchot describes.

Once into it, your judgement is askew and critiquing becomes a predicament. I say make the 'Afterword' a 'Foreword', punctuate clearly, add some annotations and references to 'The Space of Literature'.

It will make all the difference. Nevertheless, the reader would still be aroused by Blanchot's ingenuity, but at what cost!? Feb 26, Graham McGrew rated it did not like it.

Just read the title essay that was enough. Feb 25, Steven Berbec rated it it was amazing. There is none like Blanchot. The depth and clarity in his work takes you to a place of reading and writing very few have ever been. If you're a writer who wants to explore the intricacies and complexities of reading and writing, Blanchot is the one to do it. Rykart rated it really liked it Jul 28, Jayoung rated it it was amazing May 05, Hamdy rated it really liked it Jun 11, Alana rated it liked it Mar 15, Tarnglut rated it it was amazing Apr 26, Michael rated it really liked it May 11, Andrew rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Callum rated it really liked it Oct 19, Nicholas rated it really liked it Jan 05, Joseph rated it it was amazing May 25, Ruth Skilbeck rated it it was amazing Oct 04, Blake rated it it was amazing Mar 21, Alice rated it really liked it Dec 28, Wanyoung Kim rated it really liked it Apr 27, Ivan Ramirez rated it it was amazing Oct 02, Steven Pfau rated it it was amazing Aug 17, Tom Clatworthy rated it really liked it Oct 28, Pentheselia rated it it was amazing Jan 21, Anna rated it really liked it Oct 13, Dee rated it really liked it Apr 04, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Readers also enjoyed. About Maurice Blanchot. Maurice Blanchot. Maurice Blanchot September 22, — February 20, was a French pre-war leader of the Young Right, philosopher, literary theorist and writer of fiction. Blanchot was a distinctly modern writer who broke down generic boundaries, particularly between literature and philosophy.


The Gaze of Orpheus and Other Literary Essays

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The Gaze. Although the ambiguity and disjunctive style of the novel promotes a multiplicity of reads, Thomas the Obscure essentially mirrors the classical myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. In keeping with this, Thomas, after the initial joy of his reunion with Anne, begins to escort her back to the world. However, like Orpheus, who, according to myth, turned around and looked at Eurydice before she had passed into the world, Thomas, without concern for possible repercussions, casts a backward gaze at Anne. As it is know, the gaze of Orpheus trespassed or transgressed the command of the underworld god, who stipulated that Eurydice could return to the surface only if Orpheus refrained from looking at his bride while she still inhabited the underworld. As a result of his gaze, Eurydice in effect dies a second time.


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The Gaze of Orpheus has since been evaluated by many a philosopher and literary critic. Blanchot's interpretation or use of the Gaze of Orpheus is in artistic creation. Rendering this dark point, the lure, the point in which the artist's control is undermined, is also the object of the work of art. Blanchot uses the myth to transcribe the creative process.

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