In Memory of Jacques Derrida

In Memory of Jacques Derrida

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Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was the most original and inspiring writer and philosopher of our time. In a series of distinctive essays that are at once self-contained and intricately linked, Royle explores the legacies of Derrida's thinking in the context of philosophy, language, globalisation, war, terrorism, justice, the democracy to come, poetry, literature, memory, mourning, the gift, friendship and dreams. Lucid, inventive and at times funny, Royle allows us to appreciate how much Derrida's work has altered the ways we read and think. Autobiography, children's literature, the Gothic and modernist fiction, for example, figure together with philosophy, queer studies, speech act theory and psychoanalysis. The writings of Horace Walpole, Herman Melville, E. M. Forster, Elizabeth Bowen, Joe Brainard and David McKee are illuminatingly put in play alongside Shakespeare. Royle's book suggests that one of Derrida's most profound legacies has to do with the combination of responsibility and freedom his work inspires for both reading and writing. In Memory of Jacques Derrida offers an exceptionally clear overview of Derrida's work, while also tracing directions in which it might productively be read in the future.

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 16mm | 322.05g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 b&w, colour
  • 0748632964
  • 9780748632961
  • 502,469

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A magnificent new work of scholarship, memory, and friendship. In Memory of Jacques Derrida is a truly virtuosic performance, by turns brilliant, lyrical, playful, witty, and deeply moving. -- Professor Michael Naas, DePaul University This is a fantastic, fabulous book. It is a production in which something unprecedented happens, a signature the like of which is to be found nowhere else. -- Professor Geoffrey Bennington, Emory University One can read this book both as a demonstration of the value of a Derridean approach to literature, and to Shakespeare's language in particular, and as testimony to the difference Derrida, the man and the work, made to one individual. -- Derek Attridge Oxford Literary Review A magnificent new work of scholarship, memory, and friendship. In Memory of Jacques Derrida is a truly virtuosic performance, by turns brilliant, lyrical, playful, witty, and deeply moving. This is a fantastic, fabulous book. It is a production in which something unprecedented happens, a signature the like of which is to be found nowhere else. One can read this book both as a demonstration of the value of a Derridean approach to literature, and to Shakespeare's language in particular, and as testimony to the difference Derrida, the man and the work, made to one individual.

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About Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. He is the author of many acclaimed books, including Telepathy and Literature (1991), The Uncanny (2003), In Memory of Jacques Derrida (2009) and (with Andrew Bennett) the influential textbook, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (4th edition, 2009). He also writes fiction and has recently published his first novel, Quilt (2010).

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