File spoon-archives/blanchot.archive/blanchot_2004/blanchot.0404, message 10


Subject: Re: MB: Blanchot in Ency. of Modern French Thought
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2004 17:34:15 -0400


Christophe,

For whatever itís worth, I think the omission of Lacoue-Labarthe was also 
due to problems in the production department at Routledge. Itís hard to 
believe a production department would mistakenly omit entire entries, but 
supposedly thatís what they did after the editorial department handed them 
all of the final files. By the way, Chris Murray, the EMFT editor, was 
furious when he learned of the Blanchot omission.

Thanks for your note. Itís good to know Iím not the only contributor 
horrified by such shoddy publishing practices.

Kevin


>From: Christophe Wall-Romana <kitocwr-AT-uclink4.berkeley.edu>
>Reply-To: blanchot-AT-lists.village.Virginia.EDU
>To: blanchot-AT-lists.village.virginia.edu
>Subject: Re: MB: Blanchot in Ency. of Modern French Thought Date: Thu, 15 
>Apr 2004 11:24:47 -0700
>
>[Apology to the list: this has more to do with the Fitzroy-Dearborn
>encyclopedia than with Blanchot per se]
>
>Kevin:
>I too was horrified to realize the EMFT had left out Blanchot, and thus
>could scarcely claim to be encyclopedic. Although my entry on Jean Wahl
>was included, my other contribution on Lacoue-Labarthe vanished into
>thin air: I think editorial choices as well as (?) production problems
>may be at issue here.
>
>An encyclopedia of this sort is a curious balancing act which involves a
>difficult pluralism, which I agree with in principle. Some of the actual
>choices must, however, be questioned: Bardeche and Glucksmann are in but
>Genet and Duras are out??? There are, to be fair, many inspired choices
>for such a small overall list (Barbara Cassin, Didi-Huberman,
>Dumazedier, Le Doeuff, etc.).
>
>There is also at least one ghost entry (Veronique Tadjo is in the index
>but nowhere else) and quite a flurry of typos. In the first few pages
>(Index [xv-xvi]), Bardeche, Godard, Serres, Tadjo have misspelled
>accents or hyphens. In the Chronology, the following titles are
>misspelled, often horribly [xix-xx]: "Physique d'amour"; "Etre et
>avoir"; [mentioned as published in two different years, once with accent
>grave]; "La Psychoanalyse du feu"; "La Societe feudal"; "Le Myth de
>Sisyphe"; "Sur Racinebache" [my favorite!!]; "Sociologie du theatre" [no
>accents]. All this is in 4 of the 713 pages of the encyclopedia... The
>absence of any real proof-reading alone warrants an immediate reedition,
>with the inclusion of Blanchot.
>
>Christophe Wall-Romana
>

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