Maurice Blanchot

(1768 words)
  • Timothy Clark (University of Durham)

Maurice Blanchot is one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in modern French writing. His work encompasses the writing of novels and récits as well as articles and books of philosophical (or to be precise anti-philosophical) criticism. He is one of the few significant theorists of literature of the last century to have worked outside a university context.

Blanchot was born on the 22nd September 1907 to a genteel, rural catholic family in Quain, a hamlet of Devrouze in the canton of Saint-Germain-du-bois (Saône-et-Loire) in Eastern France. In a brief autobiographical text published in Le Nouvel Observateur in November 1984, Blanchot presents the crucial moments of his life in terms of encounters with friends: …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Clark, Timothy. "Maurice Blanchot". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]