Deconstruction Is/In America: A New Sense of the Political

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NYU Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Political Science - 274 pages
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What impact has deconstruction had on the way we read American culture? And how is American culture itself peculiarly deconstructive?

To address these questions, this volume brings together some of the most provocative thinkers associated with deconstruction, among them Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, and Avital Ronnel. Ranging across a wide field, from the ethics of reading to the rhetoric of performance, the contributors offer provocative insights into a new sense of the political. The America of the volume's title turns out to be the place where the politics and poetics of responsibility meet. It is also the place where we confront the tension between difference and profound otherness.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Keynote
14
Deconstruction and the Lyric Jonathan Culler
41
Reading Epitaphs Cynthia Chase
52
Deconstruction as Parodic
60
Deconstruction and Literary
79
Une drole de classe de philo Michel Beaujour
87
Possibilizations in the Singular Rodolphe Gasche
115
Presentness and the BeingOnlyOnce
134
Injurious Speech Judith Butler
149
Republic Rhetoric and Sexual Difference
181
The Test Drive
200
Ghost Writing Derek Attridge
223
At the Planchette of Deconstruction isin America
237
Jaded in America David Wills
250
Copyright

Writing Resistances Elisabeth Weber
125

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Anselm Haverkamp is Professor of English and Director of the Poetics Institute at New York University.

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