A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds

Paperback | May 13, 1991

byJacques DerridaEditorPeggy Kamuf

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Jacques Derrida is one of the most prolific and influential contemporary French intellectuals. Twenty-two essays and excerpts from Derrida's writings over the last twenty-five years are gathered in this accessible introduction, A Derrida Reader. The book's five sections are carefully introduced by the editor, and each selection of Derrida's work is presented succinctly in context. A general introduction to the volume by Peggy Kamuf provides an original interpretation and overview of Derrida's work and philosophy.

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The following is not exactly a dialogue, although in places it resembles an exchange that might actually have taken place between two interlocutors. Yet, one will notice as well a certain inconstancy in this resemblance. It is perhaps a typographical rather than a dialogic form that has imposed itself here, the back and forth of more t...

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Jacques Derrida is one of the most prolific and influential contemporary French intellectuals. Twenty-two essays and excerpts from Derrida's writings over the last twenty-five years are gathered in this accessible introduction, A Derrida Reader. The book's five sections are carefully introduced by the editor, and each selection of Der...

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The following is not exactly a dialogue, although in places it resembles an exchange that might actually have taken place between two interlocutors. Yet, one will notice as well a certain inconstancy in this resemblance. It is perhaps a typographical rather than a dialogic form that has imposed itself here, the back and forth of more t...

Peggy Kamuf is professor of French and comparative literature at the University of Southern California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:625 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 13, 1991Publisher:Columbia University Press

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ISBN - 10:0231066597

ISBN - 13:9780231066594

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PrefaceIntroduction: Reading Between the BlindsPart One: Difference at the Origin1. From Speech and Phenomena2. From Of Grammatology3. From "Difference"4. "Signature Event Context"5. From "Plato's Pharmacy"Part Two: Beside Philosophy-"Literature"6. "Tympan"7. From "The Double Session"8. From "Psyche: Inventions of the Other"9. "Che cos'e la poesia?"Part Three: More than One Language10. From "Des Tours de Babel"11. From "Living on: Border Lines"12. "Letter to a Japanese Friend"13. From "Restitutions of the Truth in Pointing"Part Four: Sexual Difference in Philosophy14. From Glas15. From Spurs: Nietsche's Styles16. "Geschlecht: Sexual Difference, Ontological Difference"17. From "At this Very Moment in This Work Here I Am"18. From Choreographies"Part Five: Tele-Types (Yes, Yes)19. From "Le Facteur de la verite"20. From "Envois"21. From "To Speculate--on 'Freud'"22. From "ulysses Gramophone: Hear Say Yes in Joyce"Bibliography of Works in Jacques DerridaSelected Works on Jacques Derrida and DeconstructionIndex of Works by Jacques DerridaIndex

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The following is not exactly a dialogue, although in places it resembles an exchange that might actually have taken place between two interlocutors. Yet, one will notice as well a certain inconstancy in this resemblance. It is perhaps a typographical rather than a dialogic form that has imposed itself here, the back and forth of more than one 'voice' requiring the convention of blank intervals across the page. These, in turn, could be thought of as the slats of a Venetian blind, or a jalousie, which partially obstructs the view.

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An extraordinary, subtle and informative anthology....The work is presented scrupulously, generously, with consummate art and skill, and will stand as a benchmark for Derrida studies for some time to come.



In an unprecedented style of intense, testamentary reverence, [Derrida's] works honor the traditions which have been bequeathed to us while they anticipate and welcome a democracy to come.