In this article I explore the status of intimate relationality in Maurice Blanchot's fictional writings and critical essays of the 1940s and 1950s. Focusing primarily on his 1951 text When the Time Comes, I show that intimacy in Blanchot's writings is an impersonal covenant established at the extreme limit of separation. Rather than thinking of intimacy and distance in a traditional manner, as fundamentally at odds with one another, Blanchot insists that the most profound intimacy occurs only when separation has been experienced, and affirmed, in its most radical form.
Joseph D. Kuzma; The Intimate Blanchot. Comparative Literature 1 March 2016; 68 (1): 18–30. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00104124-3462621
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