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White noise, écriture blanche

White noise, écriture blanche
White noise, écriture blanche

Le Dernier Homme is Blanchot’s last narrative or récit. Afterwards, he would begin to write in a more fragmentary mode, which suggests that he may have felt that the narrative form had been pushed as far it could in this work. This point of extremity is marked in particular by the monotonous style for which he has become notorious. This essay examines why this style arises, and how it leads to an extreme that can be usefully contrasted with Barthes’s notion of écriture blanche (“blank” writing). It becomes apparent that the blankness of this writing is not innocent but arises as noise for Blanchot, which not only manifests the material attenuation of the narrative but also its relation with the dead.

Blanchot‎; Barthes, dirge, noise, the last man
0969-725X
28-41
Allen, William S.
ef9ab226-9ae1-43be-a747-4fe394537116
Allen, William S.
ef9ab226-9ae1-43be-a747-4fe394537116

Allen, William S. (2018) White noise, écriture blanche. Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 23 (3), 28-41. (doi:10.1080/0969725X.2018.1473925).

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Le Dernier Homme is Blanchot’s last narrative or récit. Afterwards, he would begin to write in a more fragmentary mode, which suggests that he may have felt that the narrative form had been pushed as far it could in this work. This point of extremity is marked in particular by the monotonous style for which he has become notorious. This essay examines why this style arises, and how it leads to an extreme that can be usefully contrasted with Barthes’s notion of écriture blanche (“blank” writing). It becomes apparent that the blankness of this writing is not innocent but arises as noise for Blanchot, which not only manifests the material attenuation of the narrative but also its relation with the dead.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 31 May 2018
Published date: May 2018
Keywords: Blanchot‎; Barthes, dirge, noise, the last man

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Local EPrints ID: 421723
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/421723
ISSN: 0969-725X
PURE UUID: d1380e63-a404-4afc-9895-3130ab5edc49
ORCID for William S. Allen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4731-2955

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Date deposited: 25 Jun 2018 16:30
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 01:36

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