Maurice Blanchot was a French writer, philosopher, and literary theorist. His work had a strong . Thomas l’Obscur, (Thomas the Obscure); Aminadab, ; L’Arrêt de mort, (Death Sentence); Le Très-Haut, (The Most High). Nevertheless, how can one in good conscious reduce a text by Blanchot to a How can one put forth an interpretation of Thomas the Obscure that avoids. Thomas the Obscure. Maurice Blanchot and Robert Lamberton (Translator). Before Sartre, before Beckett, before Robbe-Grillet, Maurice Blanchot created the .

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Severing links between the inside and the outside shows a blurring between the dreaming and waking consciousness.

Open Preview See a Problem? I would like to thank the individuals that contributed to the creation of this thesis separately. A Companion to Continental Philosophy. The horror of self- alienation from the master signifier evokes a sense of dread and awe that recalls the Sartrian sense of anguish as being faces the self before the self that is purely nothing absence.

Unlike Heidegger, Blanchot rejects the possibility of an authentic relation to death, because he rejects the possibility of death, that is to say of the individual’s experience of death. This is the miraculous character of his being.

Northwestern University Press, And I should add that reading Blanchot in translation as I do adds an additional layer of futility to the process. Aug 08, Jonathan Norton rated it did not like it. Later that night Thomas has another out of body experience, seeing and feeling himself simultaneously: Like the image, the symbol supplements nature with an inauthentic presence. He thus rejects, in total, the possibility of understanding and te engaging with it; and this resonates with Levinas ‘ take obschre.


According to Blanchot’s interpretation of the Orphic myth, though, Thomas must cast the inordinate gaze, for this vision grants knowledge and illumination. The blamchot of the corridor resembles an act of transcendence as his presence is removed in time.

He refused to accept responsibility for an absent presence the death of Anne. December Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Erinnerungen und innere Monologe beherrschen das Geschehen in surrealen Welten. He approaches death and spits in its eye when he feels his own existence quite distinctly from his other bodily sensations or his thoughts. Faced with his split identity or two natures, Thomas begins to view death as a means to make himself whole through a reunion with obscure Thomas.

He sees the other as a near death encounter as he faces dying the death of the other. Jan 26, Wayne rated it did not like it.

Thomas is aware of the mysterious, absent presence as he sees his being repressed: Splitting of the old self reforms the new being-in-itself. Lists with This Book. Psychosis manifests itself as the cat imagines that its coat is being torn in two as it sees its bpanchot as an impure other.

His melancholia arises as his thought confronts the limits to being. He struggles to be one. Columbia University Press,p. Der Text macht etwas mit mir.

Thomas the Obscure

Self-estrangement precipitates his taking his own thoma of self- presence as obscyre other object of inquiry. Is this a mental illness or is his thought drawing attention to a problem that reveals a scandal at the heart of being as he sees the self as split, torn, deferred and displaced in time and space as an alien other?


The existential void, nothingness, exists for Thomas, but it is hardly a threat. It speaks the night, from out of the night or perhaps he other night ; the humanity of being-human.

Perhaps “personification” is the wrong word. Words encircle being from an unavowable and invisible space anterior. This space, which issues from absence is divine and indestructible in itself. Briefly, the limit-experience is an extraordinary event that pushes one into unknown territories, beyond the store of knowledge accumulated from previous experiences. His desire to return back to a narcissistic state is an attempt to remodel reality as he refuses to see his being separated from other images.

He waits in vain, in hope that he will attain the pleasure of mastery over the lost object.

Thomas the Obscure by Maurice Blanchot

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak London: His encounter with an uncanny double manifested itself as a trangressive gaze that inverted itself in the face of presence seen as absence. Nonetheless, I have attempted to remain throughout this work as faithful as possible to what I believe to be the essence of Blanchot’s thought.

The limit is the motivating force that lures his gaze. Blackwell Publishers Ltd, Indeed, the flow of Blanchot’s words and the power of his imagery is enough, without concerning oneself with the complexity of the the Philosopher-Novelist’s thought