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The Other Shore: Essays on Writers and Writing

Michael Jackson


This book addresses the interplay between modes of writing, modes of understanding, and modes of being in the world. Drawing on literary, anthropological and autobiographical sources, the book explores writing as a technics akin to ritual, oral storytelling, magic and meditation that enables us to reach beyond the limits of everyday life and forge virtual relationships and imagined communities. Although Maurice Blanchot wrote of the impossibility of writing, the passion and paradox of literature lies in its attempt to achieve the impossible—a leap of faith that calls to mind the mystic's dark ... More

Keywords: modes of writing, modes of understanding, modes of being, oral storytelling, magic, meditation, Maurice Blanchot, mystic, experiences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520275249
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275249.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Jackson, author