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Encountering the Other: The Artwork and the Problem of Difference in Blanchot and Levinas (review)

Encountering the Other: The Artwork and the Problem of Difference in Blanchot and Levinas (review) 122 / French Forum/Fall 2004/Vol. 29, No. 3 Alain P. Toumayan. Encountering the Other: The Artwork and the Problem of Difference in Blanchot and Levinas. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2004. 231 pp. Alain Toumayan remarks in his introduction that his intent in this book is not to provide an overview of the work of Maurice Blanchot and Emmanuel Levinas, but rather to focus on a few exemplary intersective moments in their work, moments that testify to their mutual influence. What he finds most intriguing is the manner in which both thinkers address the problem of difference and the question of the other, in ways that make apparent the richness of their intellectual conversation. The key term in Toumayan's analysis is that of the "encounter," which points toward a variety of concerns here: the encounter of Blanchot and Levinas, certainly and most obviously, but also the encounter of philosophy and literature, and, more generally still, that of the subject and the other. In his first chapter, Toumayan meditates on the dialectic of identity and difference, and upon the manner in which the subject in Blanchot and Levinas is constituted differentially. Reading Blanchot and Levinas's texts as "case studies of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png French Forum University of Nebraska Press

Encountering the Other: The Artwork and the Problem of Difference in Blanchot and Levinas (review)

French Forum , Volume 29 (3) – Feb 3, 2004

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122 / French Forum/Fall 2004/Vol. 29, No. 3 Alain P. Toumayan. Encountering the Other: The Artwork and the Problem of Difference in Blanchot and Levinas. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2004. 231 pp. Alain Toumayan remarks in his introduction that his intent in this book is not to provide an overview of the work of Maurice Blanchot and Emmanuel Levinas, but rather to focus on a few exemplary intersective moments in their work, moments that testify to their mutual influence. What he finds most intriguing is the manner in which both thinkers address the problem of difference and the question of the other, in ways that make apparent the richness of their intellectual conversation. The key term in Toumayan's analysis is that of the "encounter," which points toward a variety of concerns here: the encounter of Blanchot and Levinas, certainly and most obviously, but also the encounter of philosophy and literature, and, more generally still, that of the subject and the other. In his first chapter, Toumayan meditates on the dialectic of identity and difference, and upon the manner in which the subject in Blanchot and Levinas is constituted differentially. Reading Blanchot and Levinas's texts as "case studies of

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Published: Feb 3, 2004

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