• Walter Brogan1
  • 1Villanova University


This essay explains what Blanchot understands as writing and the space of literature. For Blanchot, writing is the place where the impossible interruption of the destiny of things is put into play, an interruption that world-formation needs but negates and conceals. Writing belongs to an excess outside of language, an otherness of language. The need to write is linked to the point at which nothing can be done with words. Writing is contrasted with dialectical language and the totalizing aim of the Hegelian system. The essay explains the connection between the disaster of writing (after the holocaust), the neuter and fragmentary style of writing and the passivity of writing


  • Blanchot
  • writing
  • literature
  • disaster
  • sovereignty
  • passivity
  • absence
  • fragment
  • neuter
  • holocaust
  • Hegel
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