File spoon-archives/blanchot.archive/blanchot_1997/blanchot.9712, message 15

Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 09:50:30 -0500
Subject: MB: (no subject)

This also bounced.  
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 08:13:24 +0200 (IST)
From: David Hansel <>
To: blanchot-AT-jefferson.village.Virginia.EDU
Subject: Re: MB: The Writer and Place

On Tue, 2 Dec 1997, Samuel J Saks wrote:

> Reg,
> What you call gravitational force I call the encounter with the text.
> That is, when one comes face to face with the text, a text which has eyes
> and a voice and a being. I do mean being because anything that can speak,
> is. But I think we are meaning the same thing. Of course there is space
> in literature (now I've done it ...I've mentioned Blanchot's book
> I'm in trouble) within the text. So perhaps what I'm wondering is what is
> the nature of space inside the text with regards to the "geography" of
> the writer, or does the writer exist only within the text (in so far as
> he is a writer)? Again I don't expect there to be straight answers to
> these questions and indeed maybe there shouldn't be. 
> Another thing I was wondering about (which is not unrelated) is
> spaciality in Literature. It seems to me that modern writers (here I must
> first point out that I am in NO way an expert on this issue so feel free
> to correct me) seem to use spatio-temporality in ways that Joyce and
> Woolf use straight stream of consciousness. Take for example "Slaughter
> House Five" by vonnegut or just him in general. He does amazing things
> with time in his work and I think it is important. In what way are
> writer's confined to Spacetime? Of course in an important sense they are
> confined to it because it is the world we live in but I mean in what ways
> are they concerned with Spacetime as a way of getting into the
> consciousness of a character? Of course Proust is a good example here. 
> -Samuel
I presume that by "confined to Spacetime" you mean "confined to the 
Positive Light Cone"? Am I right ?
David Hansel


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