The Derrida Reader: Writing Performances

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U of Nebraska Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 312 pages
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"Julian Wolfreys presents here the most dazzling views yet of Derrida as 'radical rhetorician, ' views arranged to keep us hopping from telescope to peep-hole to kaleidoscope. Wolfreys is a veteran introducer of and intruder into the writings of Derrida, which is good luck for us, since his introductions happily avoid providing linear paths to understanding and make available, instead, multiple routes leading to brain tingles and delight."-James R. Kincaid, author of Annoying the Victorians. In the English-speaking world, Jacques Derrida's writings have most influenced the discipline of literary studies. Yet what has emerged since the initial phase of Derrida's influence on the study of English literature, classed under the rubric of deconstruction, has often been disowned by Derrida. What, then, can Derrida teach us about literary language, about the rhetoric of literature, and about questions concerning style, form, and structure? The Derrida Reader draws together a number of Derrida's most interesting and idiosyncratic essays that treat literary language, the idea of the literary, and questions of poetics and poetry. The essays discuss single tropes or concepts, a figure such as metaphor, the ideas of titles and signatures, proper names, and Derrida's thinking on such subjects as undecidability or aporia. The editor's introduction is a demonstration in practice of how Derrida reads and how he adapts the act of reading to the text or figure in question. The introduction also outlines each essay's main points, its usefulness for reading literary texts, and its particular area of interest. The Derrida Reader thus provides students of literature with a focused, contextualized, andreadily understandable volume. Julian Wolfreys is a research fellow at the University of Dundee. He is the author of Being English: Narratives, Idioms, and Performances of National Identity from Coleridge to Trollope.
 

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Contents

A Supplementary Introduction
1
Julian Wolfreys
2
Scribble writingpower
50
The Battle of Proper Names from Of Grammatology
74
The Originary Metaphor from Of Grammatology
88
The Retrait of Metaphor
102
The Time before First from Dissemination
130
From Specters of Marx
140
From Memoirs of the Blind
169
Logic of the Living Feminine from Otobiographies
184
Valerys Sources from Writing and Difference
196
Khora
231
Economimesis
263
Bibliography
294
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Julian Wolfreys is a research fellow at the University of Dundee. He is the author of Being English: Narratives, Idioms, and Performances of National Identity from Coleridge to Trollope.

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