1st Edition

Sonic Encounters with Blanchot

ISBN 9780367198121
Published March 21, 2019 by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

Sonic Encounters with Blanchot is the first book to explore the relationship of sound and music with the work of Maurice Blanchot.

The volume brings together scholars from a range of disciplines who listen closely to the sounds and resonances emanating from within Blanchot’s work and who consider their significance both within his work and beyond. The latent and explicit sonic content of Blanchot’s writing is explored, as is his treatment of music and the possibilities of thinking about contemporary music and sound art through his work. Although Blanchot is best known for his engagement with literature, an engagement that often relies on visual references and experiences, this collection takes a sonic route into one of the most exciting and demanding thinkers of the twentieth century.

As an interdisciplinary exploration of sound and Blanchot’s work, this book will be interest to those studying sound in literature and music, as well as students of Blanchot’s work in general. This book was originally published as a special issue of Angelaki.

Table of Contents


Adam Potts

Introduction: Blanchot and Sound

Adam Potts

1. The Homage to Debussy at the Théâtre Des Champs-Elysées

Maurice Blanchot and Michael Holland

2. From Dialectics to the Diabolical: adorno’s "new music" and blanchot’s "ars nova"

Vivian Liska

3. White Noise, Écriture Blanche

William S. Allen

4. Passive Noise

Adam Potts

5. Aesthetic Autophony and the Night: blanchot, kafka, kimsooja, burial

Stefanie Heine

6. Affects, Indexes and Signs: will oldham and the authenticity of the voice in popular music

William Large

7. Dispersion in Sound

François J. Bonnet, Alain Toumayan

8. Blanchot and the Resonant Spaces of Literature, Sound, Art and Thought

Greg Hainge

9. In the Absence of Noise, Nothing Sounds: blanchot and the performance of harsh noise wall

Paul Hegarty

10. The Call of the Disaster at the Borderland of Silence

Leslie Anne Boldt

11. Sonic Booms in Blanchot

David Appelbaum

12. Rumors of the Outside: blanchot’s murmurs and the indistinction of literature

Jeff Fort

13. Orpheus and the Vanishing Note: xenosonics, katabasis, daemonotechnics

Charlie Blake

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Adam Potts is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Newcastle University, UK, and an interdisciplinary researcher who specialises in aesthetics, particularly the relationship between philosophy, sound and creative practice.