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The Poetics of Singularity

The Counter-Culturalist Turn in Heidegger, Derrida, Blanchot and the later Gadamer

Timothy Clark

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This polemical book reveals the basic tenets of what may be called a 'poetics of singularity' in Martin Heidegger, Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida and the strange late essays of Hans Georg Gadamer.

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Introduction: A School of Singularity?
Chapter One: Freedoms and the Institutional Americanism of Literary Study
Chapter Two: Heidegger's Dream of Singularization
Chapter Three: The Uniquely Obvious: Singularity in Gadamer's Late Essays
Chapter Four: Pitching Strangely: The Poetic in Blanchot
Chapter Five: Derrida, A Pragmatics of Singularity

About the Author

Timothy Clark is Professor of English at the University of Durham. His books include Derrida, Heidegger, Blanchot: Sources of Derrida's Notion and Practice of Literature (1992), The Theory of Inspiration: Composition as a Crisis of Subjectivity in Romantic and Post-Romantic Writing (1997) and Martin Heidegger (Routledge Critical Thinkers) (2001). He is an Editor of Oxford Literary Review.


Offering everyday examples for a complex thought (the singular is something lost in translation or when a joke is explained) this book succeeds in rescuing a fascinating idea from the depths of the impenetrable.

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