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 couple of Derrida's writings on literary texts. The essays speak about literary figures comparable to Rousseau, Mallarm&#233, Joyce, Shakespeare, and Kafka, and contain items spanning Derrida's profession. the gathering now incorporates a enormous interview with him on questions of literature, deconstruction, politics, feminism and background, and Derek Attridge presents an introductory essay on deconstruction and the query of literature, with feedback for extra interpreting. those essays learn 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 particularly tough type of writing, with inescapable results for our brooding about philosophy, politics and ethics.

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Space any statement—a newspaper article, a scientific theorem, a snatch of conversation. D. " Does not every text, every discourse, of functioning and a literary intentionality, an experience rather than an essence of literature (natu- whatever type—literary, philosophical and scientific, journalistic, con- ral or ahistorical). The essence of literature, if we hold to this word versational—lend itself, every time, to this reading? Depending on the essence, is produced as a set of objective rules in an original history of types of discourse I've just named—hut there would be others—the the "acts" of inscription and reading.

Which is at once identification and disidentification, experience of the double, thought about iterability, etc. Like literature, like pleasure, like so many other things. The pleasure taken in mimesis is not necessarily naive. The things in play in mimesis are very cunning. And even if there is some naiveté, and irreducible naiveté, to deconstruct does not consist in denouncing or dissolving naivete, in the hope of escaping from it completely: it would rather he a certain way of resigning oneself to it and taking account of it.

And even if there is some naiveté, and irreducible naiveté, to deconstruct does not consist in denouncing or dissolving naivete, in the hope of escaping from it completely: it would rather he a certain way of resigning oneself to it and taking account of it. So: no deconstruction without pleasure and no pleasure without deconstruction. "It is necessary," if one wants to or can, to resign oneself to it or take it from there. But I give up on proceeding further while improvising. We lack the time or the space.

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