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Acts of Literatureby Jacques Derrida
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Acts of Literature, compiled in close association with Jacques Derrida, brings together for the first time a number of Derrida's writings on literary texts. The essays discuss literary figures such as Rousseau, Mallarme, Joyce, Shakespeare, and Kafka, and comprise pieces spanning Derrida's career. The collection includes a substantial new interview with him on questions of literature, deconstruction, politics, feminism and history, and Derek Attridge provides an introductory essay on deconstruction and the question of literature, with suggestions for further reading. These essays examine the place and operation of literature in Western culture, and are highly original responses to individual literary texts. They highlight Derrida's interest in literature as a significant cultural institution and as a peculiarly challenging form of writing, with inescapable consequences for our thinking about philosophy, politics and ethics.
Book News Annotation:
New translations of some of his significant criticisms, along with a new Derrida interview.
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An introduction to Derrida's contribution to literary studies comprising his work on such writers as Shakespeare, Mallarme, Joyce and Kafka, and featuring an introductory essay on deconstruction.
Acts of Literature will serve as an excellent introduction to Derrida's remarkable contribution to literary studies, and will help refocus attention on the importance of literature, and on such topics as singularity, responsibility, and affirmation, in his work as a philosopher and critic of institutions.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 435-442) and index.
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