The Derrida Reader: Writing Performances
"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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
A Supplementary Introduction
The Battle of Proper Names from Of Grammatology
The Originary Metaphor from Of Grammatology
The Retrait of Metaphor
The Time before First from Dissemination
From Specters of Marx
From Memoirs of the Blind
Logic of the Living Feminine from Otobiographies
Valerys Sources from Writing and Difference
Other editions - View all
according already analogy appears beginning belong blind Butades called concept critique dead deconstruction Derrida Reader difference discourse double drawing economy effect essay everything example expression figure Fine-Arts Freud genos Geoffrey Bennington gesture ghost give Hegel Heidegger hieroglyphs invisible Jacques Derrida Kant khora language Levi-Strauss literal living logic logos longer mark Marx meaning memory metaphor metaphysical mimesis movement myth Nambikwara nature never Nietzsche object oneself origin Origin of Languages originary Paul Ricoeur Peggy Kamuf perhaps Philippe Sollers philosophy Plato play pleasure poet political possible precisely present production proper name psychoanalysis pure question reference relation retrait rhetoric Ricoeur Rousseau sense signified singular Socrates Sollers speak specter Specters of Marx speech structure theme thing thought Timaeus trace trait Trans translation trope truth Valery Valery's veil voice Warburton White Mythology withdrawal word writing