Derrida

Derrida : A Biography

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  • Electronic book text | 700 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745663591
  • 9780745663593

About Benoit Peeters

Benoit Peeters was born in Paris in 1956. Following a degree in Philosophy at the Sorbonne (Paris I), he went on to study for his Masters at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes under the direction of Roland Barthes. He has since published over forty works on a wide variety of subjects and has written essays and biographies on Herge, Alfred Hitchcock, and Paul Valery.show more

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''Peeters has ransacked the voluminous Derrida archives and interviewed scores of his friends and colleagues. The result is a marvellously compelling account, lucidly translated by Andrew Brown. The man who emerges from this portrait is an agonised soul with sudden outbreaks of gaiety, an astonishingly original thinker with more than a dash of vanity who nevertheless made himself fully available to the humblest student.'' Terry Eagleton, The Guardian ''Exhaustive and exhilarating.'' The Scotsman ''A real tour de force. Assimilating a vast amount of material Derrida's own voluminous publications, unpublished documents and correspondence, and conversations with a host of acquaintances Benoit Peeters has produced a compelling narrative that sheds light on all aspects of Derrida's remarkable career.'' Jonathan Culler, Cornell University ''If you've ever given up on Derrida, this portrait of him as a lovable, thin-skinned and narcissistic outsider in France who shot to fame in the United States should make you reconsider.'' New Statesman ''In his impressive, massive biography... Benoit Peeters, a former student of Derrida's, tells a captivating tale of the enfant terrible outsider.'' Wichita Eagle ''Peeters has ransacked the voluminous Derrida archives and interviewed scores of his friends and colleagues. The result is a marvellously compelling account, lucidly translated by Andrew Brown. The man who emerges from this portrait is an agonised soul with sudden outbreaks of gaiety, an astonishingly original thinker with more than a dash of vanity who nevertheless made himself fully available to the humblest student.'' Terry Eagleton, The Guardian ''Exhaustive and exhilarating.'' The Scotsman ''A real tour de force. Assimilating a vast amount of material Derrida's own voluminous publications, unpublished documents and correspondence, and conversations with a host of acquaintances Benoit Peeters has produced a compelling narrative that sheds light on all aspects of Derrida's remarkable career.'' Jonathan Culler, Cornell University ''If you've ever given up on Derrida, this portrait of him as a lovable, thin-skinned and narcissistic outsider in France who shot to fame in the United States should make you reconsider.'' New Statesman ''In his impressive, massive biography... Benoit Peeters, a former student of Derrida's, tells a captivating tale of the enfant terrible outsider.'' Wichita Eagle 'Exhaustive and exhilarating.'"The Scotsman"'Lucid, intelligent and richly informative.'"Times Literary Supplement"'Peeters has ransacked the voluminous Derrida archives and interviewed scores of his friends and colleagues. The result is a marvellously compelling account, lucidly translated by Andrew Brown. The man who emerges from this portrait is an agonised soul with sudden outbreaks of gaiety, an astonishingly original thinker with more than a dash of vanity who nevertheless made himself fully available to the humblest student.'Terry Eagleton, The" Guardian"'Peeters is not a Derridean, but his book has qualities Derrida might have appreciated, above all a supreme patience with intellectual difficulty and abstention from moral judgement. He has done a heroic amount of research, interviewing more than a hundred of Derrida's friends and associates. He also had the co-operation of Derrida's widow, Marguerite. But his principal source of information is Derrida's own writing ... Derrida saved everything he wrote: he regarded every scrap as a 'trace', an almost sacred emblem of survival - and all writing, from poetry to post-its, had philosophical implications. Peeters puts Derrida's professional writing and these traces on an equal footing, using the one to illuminate the other. We see his many sides: a loyal friend and irrepressible seducer; a critic of dogma who couldn't bring himself to admit his own errors; a man who loathed tribalism but was so thin-skinned and so in need of adoration that he ended up leading his own academic tribe.'"London Review of Books"'Peeters has cut through a lot of the myth and mystique surrounding Derrida. There is probably more illuminating information here - and correspondence - than has ever been made public before ... Peeters's Derrida is vulnerable, sensitive, prone to bouts of melancholia, neurotic, hypochondriac, and verging on suicidal. He is as tormented and torn as his prose. This is Derrida the poetic soul.'"Literary Reviewshow more

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