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Celebration Honoring French Writer Maurice Blanchot on November 15

Emily Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On Thursday, November 15, the French Studies Program and musicians from The Bard College Conservatory of Music host a celebration marking the 100th birthday of Maurice Blanchot (1907–2003). The program begins at 7:00 p.m. in Bard Hall. Blanchot, one of the great theorists of the 20th century, was influential both as novelist and critic. His work was seminal for Derrida, Bataille, and Levinas, and Blanchot had a profound influence on the exciting renewal of philosophy in France—critical theory, semiotics, deconstruction. Program participants include George Quasha, an early advocate of Blanchot in the U.S. and editor of The Station Hill Blanchot Reader; Pierre Joris, poet and translator of Blanchot’s The Unavowable Community; and Charlotte Mandell, who has translated four of Blanchot’s books of literary theory, the most recent of which is A Voice from Elsewhere. The musicians from The Bard College Conservatory of Music perform works by Schumann and Messiaen; refreshments follow. The event is sponsored by the French Studies Program with the generous cooperation of Robert Martin, director of The Bard College Conservatory of Music. For additional information, call 845-758-6822. # # # (10/29/07)

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This event was last updated on 11-17-2007