Insister of Jacques Derrida (The Frontiers of Theory)

Insister of Jacques Derrida (The Frontiers of Theory)

By: Helene Cixous (author), Peggy Kamuf (translator), Martin McQuillan (editor)Hardback

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'I have often declared my admiration for Helene Cixous, for the person and for the work: immense, powerful, so multiple but unique in this century.' - Jacques Derrida 'Insister of Jacques Derrida, so expertly translated by Derrida's principal and most faithful translator, Peggy Kamuf, is an indispensable, daring, heartfelt and moving book...It presents a flawless, committed reading that is in the spirit of Derrida in its serious playfulness, its poetic sinuousness, its elegant reasoning and rhetoric while also being wholly in Cixous' own singular voice. This is not merely a study of Derrida, it is a haunting dialogue with his memory and with his phantom.' - Julian Wolfreys, Professor of Modern Literature and Culture, Loughborough University Helene Cixous is arguably the most insightful and unbridled reader of Jacques Derrida today. In Insister she brings a unique mixture of theoretical speculation, breath-taking textual explication and scholarly erudition to an extremely close reading of Derrida's work, always attentive to the details of his thinking. At the same time, Insister is an extraordinarily poetic meditation, a work of literature and of mourning for Jacques Derrida the person, who was a close friend and accomplice of Cixous's from the beginning of their careers. Insister of Jacques Derrida joins Dream I Tell You by Helene Cixous and Geneses, Genealogies, Genres and Genius by Jacques Derrida, also published in The Frontiers of Theory series.

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Helene Cixous is Director of the Centre d'Etudes Feminines at Universite Paris VIII, Emerita. one of the foremost intellectuals and creative writers in France, and a major figure in the emergence and global spread of postmodern literary theory, late-20th-century Continental Thought, and Women's Studies. She is the author of more than 40 novels, 14 plays and 15 volumes of theory and essays. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages, including Japanese, Korean, Hindi and Urdu. Peggy Kamuf writes on literary theory and contemporary French thought, particularly that of Jacques Derrida. She has translated numerous texts by Derrida and several works by Helene Cixous, including Insister of Jacques Derrida (EUP 2007). Director of the Derrida Seminars Translation Project, she also co-edits the series publishing Derrida's teaching seminars in English. She is Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California.


I. Insister: How to Translate That?; II. The Flying Manuscript; III. The Infinite Tastes of Dreams; IV. It's My Fault; Postscript: From Life; Notes; Description of the Original Manuscript of Veils.

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  • publication date: 20/11/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780748627929
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9780748627929
  • ISBN10: 0748627928
  • translations: French

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