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Deconstruction, Derrida

Author: Julian Wolfreys
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Series: Transitions (St. Martin's Press)
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In this introduction to the work of Jacques Derrida, Julian Wolfreys challenges the notion that what Derrida does can be turned into a theory for literary interpretation. He questions the belief in a critical methodology called deconstruction which can be applied to literary texts in a programmatic fashion. Wolfreys introduces the reader to the range of Derrida's interests and concerns, while tendering readings,  Read more...
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Named Person: Jacques Derrida; Jacques Derrida; Jacques Derrida; Jacques Derrida
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Wolfreys
ISBN: 0312213921 9780312213923 031221393X 9780312213930
OCLC Number: 38130749
Description: xiv, 240 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: 'Deconstruction, if such a thing exists ...' --
1. Another Introduction / Entamer: In Medias Res or, Is There Some Thing Called 'Deconstruction'? --
2. Preparatory to Anything Else: Derrida's Interests --
3. Writing (of) Identities: Facing up to Derrida or, the Example of Paul Valery --
4. The Hauntological Example: The City as the Haunt of Writing in the Texts of Iain Sinclair --
5. Heart? of Darkness? Reading in the Dark with J. Hillis Miller and Joseph Conrad --
Afterword(s): Contrary to the 'Logic of the Heading'.
Series Title: Transitions (St. Martin's Press)
Other Titles: Deconstruction
Responsibility: Julian Wolfreys.
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In this introduction to the work of Jacques Derrida, Julian Wolfreys challenges the notion that what Derrida does can be turned into a theory for literary interpretation. He questions the belief in a critical methodology called deconstruction which can be applied to literary texts in a programmatic fashion. Wolfreys introduces the reader to the range of Derrida's interests and concerns, while tendering readings, informed by Derrida's thought of canonical and less well-known literary works. He works through considerations of what deconstruction might or might not be, while offering a critical appreciation of the reception of Derrida's work within the institution of literary criticism.

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by WTYILL@KUK (WorldCat user on 2008-01-25)

General Editor’s Preface ix Acknowledgments xi List of Abbreviations xiii Introduction: ‘Deconstruction, if such a thing exists…’ 1 • Responses 1 • Programmed excuses 3 • Good reading as such 9 Part 1 The Make-Believe of a Beginning 1. Another Introduction / “Entamer: In Medias Res” or, Is There Some “Thing” Called ‘Deconstruction’? 21 • First bite 21 • Second bite 25 • Third bite 29 • Fourth bite 31 • Fifth bite 47 • Sixth bite 49 2. Preparatory to Anything Else: Derrida’s Interests 60 • The writing of indentities • identities of writing 60 • …writing…64 • …narration and text…75 • …the gift…81 • …the proper name…85 • …strategic justification (an internal “passe-partout”, of sorts)…89 • …the title (and the question of literature)…93 • …dating…103 • …hymenography: the example of the diary…107 Part II Preparatory to Anything Else: Singular Examples or, Identity, Spectrality, Undecidability 3. Writing (of) Identities: Facing up to Derrida or, the Example of Paul Valéry 119 • Looking/writing: for example, Valéry? 121 4. The Hauntological Example: The City as the Haunt of Writing in the Texts of Iain Sinclair 138 • First apparition 138 • Second apparition 140 • Third apparition 153 • Fourth apparition 157 5. “Heart? Of Darkness?” Reading in the Dark with J. Hillis Miller and Joseph Conrad 159 • A question of reading 159 • Impossible topographies 161 • ‘Through a glass, darkly’ 164 • Tracing the interminable 172 • Trauma and reiteration 178 PART III Some Supplementary Afterword(s) Afterword(s): Contrary to the ‘Logic of the Heading’ 185 Notes 193 Annotated Bibliography 206 Bibliography 221 Index of Proper Names and Titles 236

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