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 corresponding to Rousseau, Mallarmé, Joyce, Shakespeare, and Kafka, and contain items spanning Derrida's occupation. the gathering now encompasses a monstrous 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 additional studying. 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 principally hard type of writing, with inescapable results for our considering philosophy, politics and ethics.
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Phallogocentrism is one single thing, even if it is an articulated thing which calls for different strategies. This is what is at issue in some debates, real or virtual, with militant feminists who do not understand that without a demanding reading of what articulates logocentrism and phallocentrism, in other words without a consequential deconstruction, feminist discourse risks reproducing very crudely the very thing which it purports to he criticizing. the German or the English, and the two writings, the "performative signatures," are not only incommensurable in general, that goes without saying, but above all without a "common language," at least in the ordinary sense of the term.
And any work is singular in that it speaks singularly of both singularity and generality. Of iterability and the law of iterahility. This is what we were saying in relation to Kafka's "Before the Law," that text which, while it speaks in a general, powerful, formalizing and economical way of the generality of the law, remains absolutely unique among all the texts which speak of the same thing. What happens is always some contamination. The uniqueness of the event is this coming about of a singular relation between the unique and its repetition, its iterability.
Inversely, if I can put it that way, who and there, and inequalities can appear. will calmly believe that George Sand, George Eliot, or immensely great But let's go hack, if you don't mind, for a little detour, to what we modern writers like Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, or Helene Cixous, were saying on the subject of literature in general: a place at once write texts that are simply non- or anti-phallogocentric? Here I demand institutional and wild, an institutional place in which it is in principle that one look, and closely, each time.