Acts of Literature by Jacques Derrida

By Jacques Derrida

Acts of Literature, compiled in shut organization with Jacques Derrida, brings jointly for the 1st time a few Derrida's writings on literary texts. The essays talk about literary figures equivalent to Rousseau, Mallarm&#233, Joyce, Shakespeare, and Kafka, and include items spanning Derrida's occupation. the gathering now features a immense interview with him on questions of literature, deconstruction, politics, feminism and historical past, and Derek Attridge offers an introductory essay on deconstruction and the query of literature, with feedback for extra studying. those essays research where and operation of literature in Western tradition, and are hugely unique responses to person literary texts. They spotlight Derrida's curiosity in literature as an important cultural establishment and as a especially not easy kind of writing, with inescapable results for our brooding about philosophy, politics and ethics.

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But for that, for this "rendering" 69 AN INTERVIEW WITH JACQUES DERRIDA [rendre], you have to sign in your turn, write something else which responds or corresponds in an equally singular, which is to say irreduc- ible, irreplaceable, "new" way: neither imitation, nor reproduction, nor metalanguage. This countersigning response, this countersignature which is responsible (for itself and for the other), says "yes" to the work, and again "yes, this work was there before me, without me, I testify," even if it begins by calling for the co-respondent countersignature; and even, then, if it turns out to have implied it from the very beginning, so as to presuppose the possibility of its birth, at the moment of giving a name.

If every literary text plays and negotiates the suspension of referential naivety, of thetic referentiality (not reference or the intentional relation in general), each text 'does so differently, singularly. , self-identity of the literary thing—if what is announced or promised as literature never gives itself as such, that means, among other things, that a literature that talked only about literature or a work that was purely self-referential would immediately be annulled. You'll say that that's maybe what's happening.

And also the aphorism, which means that I did not even claim to read the work itself as an ensemble. " I should also remind you of the reasons, which are also the opportunities, for which I write these kinds of text. Spontaneously, I would never have had the audacity to write 3. EN See "Two Words for Joyce," "Ulysses Gramophone," Shibboleth, and Parages. 61 AN INTERVIEW WITH JACQUES DERRIDA on Romeo and Juliet or anything at all of Shakespeare's. My respect for an oeuvre which is one of the "greatest" in the world for me is too intimidated, and I consider myself too incompetent.

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