The Gaze. Although the ambiguity and disjunctive style of the novel promotes a multiplicity of reads, Thomas the Obscure essentially mirrors the classical myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. In keeping with this, Thomas, after the initial joy of his reunion with Anne, begins to escort her back to the world. However, like Orpheus, who, according to myth, turned around and looked at Eurydice before she had passed into the world, Thomas, without concern for possible repercussions, casts a backward gaze at Anne.

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Skip to content Skip to search. Adams Sitney. Blanchot, Maurice. Published Barrytown, N. Language English French. Author Blanchot, Maurice. Other Authors Sitney, P. Adams, Editor. Copyright Subjects Literature. Contents From dread to language Literature and the right to death The essential solitude Two versions of the imaginary Reading The gaze of Orpheus The song of the sirens The power and the glory Wittgenstein's problem The narrative voice The absence of the book.

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Gaze of Orpheus, The

The split in the Orpheic world is predetermined: there is light and there is darkness; life above and death below. And yet, he continues,. Orpheus has gone down to Eurydice: for him Eurydice is the limit of what art can attain; concealed behind a name and covered by a veil, she is the profoundly dark point towards which art, desire, death, and the night all seem to lead. She is the instant in which the essence of the night approaches as the Other night. Rendering this dark point, the lure, the point in which the artist's control is undermined, is also the object of the work of art:.


The Gaze of Orpheus

Britain's first book blogger Nov " Perhaps the best resource in English on European modernist literature " — Irish Times Now a major motion picture. Please do not think this is anything other than an interested question, but do you write prose or poetry or work in any other art forms? Jason, I can't help but think of it as more than an interested question! But, yes, I do write in an other form not poetry. Never tried to have it published though cos it's crap.

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