File spoon-archives/blanchot.archive/blanchot_1999/blanchot.9903, message 34

Subject: RE: MB: Academics
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 23:38:00 +0000

But isn't this a rather romantic view of the artist?  To put it another   
way.  Can the demand of writing be thought of in terms of a creativity   
that is thought in terms of an opposition between those who are at the   
'creative end', and those, for wont of a better word, who are academics?

 -----Original Message-----
From: Claire Dinsmore []
Sent: 10 March 1999 14:38
To: blanchot
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,   
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   
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   
an academic one). His work could benefit many who are on the creative   
and he himself is obsessed with the issue of creative process - others   
to hear his voice - and I simply started by asking to hear voices which   
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   
> 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   
> 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   
is art."
 - Henry James


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