In these essays two of the most important French thinkers of our time reflect on each other's work. In so doing, Maurice Blanchot the novelist/essayist and Michel Foucault the philosopher develop a new perspective on the relationship between subjectivity, fiction, and the will to truth. The two texts present meditations on writing, language, and representation which question the status of the author/subject and explore the notion of a "neutral" voice that arises from the realm of the "outside."
Maurice Blanchot is the author, in English translation, of The Gaze of Orpheus, Death Sentence, The Madness of the Day, and Thomas the Obscure. Michel Foucault is the author of Madness and Civilization, The Order of Things, The Archaeology of Knowledge, Discipline and Punish, and The History of Sexuality.
Jeffrey Mehlman, author of A Structural Study of Autobiography: Proust, Sartre, Lévi-Strauss, and Revolution and Repetition: Marx-Hugo-Balzac, is Professor of French at Boston University. Brian Massumi is the translator of A Thousand Plateaux by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and cotranslator of Jean-François Lyotard's The Postmodern Condition.
About the Author
Michel Foucault (1926–84) is widely considered to be one of the most influential academic voices of the twentieth century and has proven influential across disciplines.