Advertisement

Shared Silence: Jean-Luc Nancy with Roland Barthes

  • Thomas Gould
Chapter

Abstract

In this chapter, Gould explores the meanings of sharing and keeping silence through a comparative negotiation of the philosophy and writings of Jean-Luc Nancy and Roland Barthes. Gould traces Jean-Luc Nancy’s philosophical trajectory from a deconstructive approach to “community” to the radically reduced concept of being “with”. This philosophical trajectory is intertwined with the philosophical trajectory of Maurice Blanchot, and Gould seeks to trace the theoretical importance of silence in their respective projects, as well as in the relationship between them and their readers. Turning to Barthes, Gould considers the connection between silence and singularity, particularly in notions of the voice and photography. Finally, Gould explores the linguistic and philosophical resonances between the tacit, the phatic, and the tactile.

Bibliography

  1. Agamben, G., The Coming Community, trans. M. Hardt, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (1993).Google Scholar
  2. Badiou, A., The Age of Poets and Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose, ed. and trans. B. Bosteels, London: Verso (2014).Google Scholar
  3. Barthes, R., Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes, trans. R. Howard, New York: Hill and Wang (1977a).Google Scholar
  4. ———, “The Grain of the Voice”, in Image-Music-Text, trans. R. Heath, London: Fontana Press (1977b).Google Scholar
  5. ———, “Lecture in Inauguration of the Chair of Literary Semiology, Collège de France, January 7, 1977”, in October, trans. R. Howard, Vol. 8 (Spring 1979).Google Scholar
  6. ———, Empire of Signs, trans. R. Howard, New York: Hill and Wang (1982).Google Scholar
  7. ———, The Rustle of Language, trans. R. Howard, Oxford: Basil Blackwell (1986).Google Scholar
  8. ———, Camera Lucida, trans. R. Howard, London: Vintage (2002a).Google Scholar
  9. ———, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, trans. R. Howard, London: Vintage (2002b).Google Scholar
  10. ———, The Neutral, trans. R.E. Krauss and D. Hollier, New York: Columbia University Press (2005).Google Scholar
  11. ———, How To Live Together: Novelistic Simulations of Some Everyday Spaces, trans. K. Briggs, New York: Columbia University Press (2012).Google Scholar
  12. Bataille, G., “Silence and Literature”, trans. S. Kendall, in The Obsessions of George Bataille: Community and Communication, ed. A. Mitchell and J. Winfree. New York: State University of New York Press (2009).Google Scholar
  13. Beckett, S., Stories and Texts for Nothing, New York: Grove Press (1967).Google Scholar
  14. Birnbuam, A., “To Exist Is to Exit the Point”, collected in Nancy, J.-L., Corpus, trans. R.A. Rand, New York: Fordham University Press (2008).Google Scholar
  15. Blanchot, M., “Literature and the Right to Death”, trans. L. Davis, in The Gaze of Orpheus, ed. P. Adams Sitney, Barrytown: Station Hill Press (1981).Google Scholar
  16. ———, The Unavowable Community, trans. P. Joris, Barrytown: Station Hill Press (1988).Google Scholar
  17. ———, Friendship, trans. E. Rottenberg, Stanford: Stanford University Press (1997).Google Scholar
  18. Connor, Steven, Beyond Words: Sobs, Hums, Stutters and Other Vocalisations, London: Reaktion (2014).Google Scholar
  19. Critchley, S., “With Being-With? Notes on Jean-Luc Nancy’s Rewriting of Being and Time” in Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity: Essays on Derrida, Levinas and Contemporary French Thought, London: Verso (1999).Google Scholar
  20. Derrida, J., “Le Toucher : Touch/to Touch him”, in Paragraph, Vol. 16, Issue 2, 1993, 122–157. Google Scholar
  21. Fynsk, C., “Foreword” to The Inoperative Community, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (1991).Google Scholar
  22. Gabara, R., From Split to Screened Selves: French and Francophone Autobiography in the Third Person, Stanford: Stanford University Press (2006).Google Scholar
  23. Gratton, P., “The Speculative Challenge and Nancy’s Post-Deconstructive Realism”, in Jean-Luc Nancy and Plural Thinking, ed. P. Gratton and M.-E. Morin, Albany: State University of New York Press (2012).Google Scholar
  24. Heidegger, M., Der Satz vom Grund, Pfullingen: Neske (1978).Google Scholar
  25. ———, Being and Time, trans. J. Macquarrie and E. Robinson, New York: HarperCollins (2008).Google Scholar
  26. Hill, L., “Barthes’s Body”, in Paragraph, Vol. 11, Issue 2, July 1988, 107–126. Google Scholar
  27. Hillis Miller, J., The Conflagration of Community, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (2011).Google Scholar
  28. Iversen, Margaret, Beyond Pleasure: Freud, Lacan, Barthes, University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press (2007).Google Scholar
  29. James, I., “Naming the Nothing: Nancy and Blanchot on Community”, in Culture, Theory and Critique, Vol. 51, Issue 2, 2010, 171–187. Google Scholar
  30. Kaufman, E., The Delirium of Praise: Bataille, Blanchot, Deleuze, Foucault, and Klossowski, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press (2001).Google Scholar
  31. Moorjani, A., “Beckett’s Devious Deictics”, in Rethinking Beckett, ed. L. St. John Butler and R.J. Davis, New York: St. Martins Press (1990).Google Scholar
  32. Nancy, J.-L., The Inoperative Community, trans. P. Connor, L. Garbus, M. Holland, and S. Sawhney, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (1991).Google Scholar
  33. ———, The Muses, trans. P. Kamuf, Stanford: Stanford University Press (1996).Google Scholar
  34. ———, The Sense of the World, trans. J.S. Librett, Minneapolis: University of Minneapolis Press (1997).Google Scholar
  35. ———, Being Singular Plural, trans. R. Richardson and A. O’Byrne, Stanford: Stanford University Press (2000).Google Scholar
  36. ———, Multiple Arts: The Muses II, trans. L. Hill, ed. S. Sparks, Stanford: Stanford University Press (2006).Google Scholar
  37. ———, Listening, trans. C. Mandell, New York: Fordham University Press (2007).Google Scholar
  38. ———, Corpus, trans. R.A. Rand, New York: Fordham University Press (2008).Google Scholar
  39. ———, “The Confronted Community”, trans. J. Winfree, in The Obsessions of Georges Bataille: Community and Communication ed. A. J. Mitchell and J. Winfree, Albany: State University of New York Press (2009).Google Scholar
  40. Nietzsche, F., “On Truth and Lying in a Non-moral Sense”, trans. R. Speirs, in The Birth of Tragedy and Other Writings, ed. R. Geuss and R. Speirs, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1999).Google Scholar
  41. O’Byrne, A., “Nancy’s Materialist Ontology”, in Jean-Luc Nancy and Plural Thinking, ed. P. Gratton and M.-E. Morin, Albany: State University of New York Press (2012).Google Scholar
  42. Steiner, G., Language and Silence, London: Faber and Faber (1985).Google Scholar
  43. Stevens, W., Collected Poems, New York: Vintage (1990).Google Scholar
  44. Watkin, C., “A Different Alterity: Jean-Luc Nancy’s ‘Singular Plural”, in Paragraph, Vol. 30, Issue 2, July 2007, 50–64. Google Scholar
  45. Wittgenstein, Ludwig, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, trans. D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul (1974).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Gould
    • 1
  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUK

Personalised recommendations