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The Many Voices of Lydia DavisTranslation, Rewriting, Intertextuality$
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Jonathan Evans

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474400176

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400176.001.0001

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Blanchot and Affinity

Blanchot and Affinity

(p.25) Chapter 2 Blanchot and Affinity
The Many Voices of Lydia Davis

Jonathan Evans

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on Davis’s literary relationship with Maurice Blanchot. She began translating Blanchot early on in her career and some of her stories can be seen to respond to his work. The chapter first focuses on Davis’s translation of Death Sentence and her approach to the translation, which it argues is the beginning of her own translation style and which shows a respect for the source author. The second half of the chapter analyses Davis’s story ‘Story’ and Blanchot’s ‘The Madness of the Day’. It is argued that Davis’s ‘Story’ offers a response to Blanchot’s récit, recreating the indeterminacy of the narrative while addressing the emotional concerns of the protagonist. Translation and story both serve as forms of response to Blanchot’s work.

Keywords:   Response, Affinity, Maurice Blanchot, Narrative, Indeterminacy

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