File spoon-archives/blanchot.archive/blanchot_1999/blanchot.9903, message 32

Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 08:59:46 -0500
Subject: Re: MB: Academics

You are reading this all wrong/missing the object it seems - it is not a
discussion of Blanchot's subjects or an attack on academia by any means, but
a perception of his work's reception, which is often discounted /ignored
outside of the academy.  I believe we are just trying to say that a lot of
people who could find  value within his work outside of the academy are
missing it, and maybe a discussion in other terms is called for (as WELL as
an academic one). His work could benefit many who are on the creative end,
and he himself is obsessed with the issue of creative process - others need
to hear his voice - and I simply started by asking to hear voices which had
been creatively influenced by his work.


Large.W wrote:

> I find this obsession with the academic and non-academic divide
> troubling.  I can think of nowhere in Blanchot's writings any attack on
> academics.  Perhaps the only place he does discuss it is at the beginning
> of Infinite Conversation,  but even there he says that it is important
> and he in no way wishes to deny it.  This is not to say there is nothing
> wrong with universities and that there isn't any bad academic writing,
> but I imagine there is bad poetry as well
> Stawla.

"We live in the dark.  We do what we can. We give what we have.
Our doubt is our passion.  Our passion is our task.  The rest of the madness
is art."
- Henry James


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