journal contributionposted on 21.05.2017, 03:57 by Rhonda Khatab, Carlo Salzani, Sabina Sestigiani, Dimitris Vardoulakis
There is an element of obscurity in the title of this special issue of Colloquy: Blanchot, the Obscure. That element is due to the comma between the proper name and the adjective. Thus, the Obscure cannot be a straightforward epithet of the person or the work of the French author and critic Maurice Blanchot. Rather, the comma is meant to indicate a type of relationality that pertains between Blanchot and the obscure moreover, an undecidable relationality. Thus, in this relation neither the name Blanchot nor the adjective obscure are to be approached with a pre-established security about their origin and destination. The comma indicates the fragile moment of hesitation before this conjunction of name and attribute.