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To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida (Frontiers of Theory)by Peggy Kamuf
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Peggy Kamuf writes both in the wake of Jacques Derrida's work and on the wake of his death. Some of her essays were written before Derrida's passing in 2004 and some were written after, thus mirroring the way in which Derrida's work on mourning became more pressing and relevant after his death. By disturbing the linear chronology of a before and an after, Kamuf enables new readings and interpretations of Derrida and his influence.
Each of these essays is written in response to a particular context, occasion, or event. A majority analyze issues arising in Derrida's work, from the 1960s to the posthumous publication of his teaching seminars. Three chapters deal with Derrida outside of his writing, reflecting on media interviews, the film D'ailleurs Derrida (2000), and affective relations to the U.S, and three chapters revisit aspects of Kamuf's friendship with Derrida and her translation of his works. An afterword muses on the book's essential continuity over time, tone, and subjects.
This book collects ten years of Peggy Kamuf's writing on the work and friendship of Jacques Derrida. The majority of the chapters discuss a key aspect of Derrida's thought, either from a single work or across several texts. Kamuf engages with a broad array of his work, from the 1960s to the posthumous publication of his teaching seminars. She also considers press interviews and the collaboration on a film. These close readings are punctuated by brief recollections from their long friendship.The chapters trace a reflection that undergoes the sudden event of Derrida's death. Rather than take this interruption as its premise, however, the book sets out from Derrida's own teaching that mourning begins with friendship and not just at the death of the friend. Thus, the strict chronology of the chapters, from 2000 to 2010, highlights a general illusion of 'before' and 'after' that comes undone over the course of the sequence.
About the Author
Peggy Kamuf is Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California
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