This reader brings together selected (complete or self-contained) texts which are not generally anthologised, particularly those which deal with specifically literary writers and literary topics. The collection focuses on a number of texts which address French writers and writers in French, such as Valery, Rousseau, Levi-Strauss, Baudelaire, Mallarme, while also addressing other concerns prominent throughout Derrida's career as a writer, such as Plato, Freud and Marx.
Julian Wolfreys is Professor of Modern Literature and Culture, with the Department of English and Drama, at Loughborough University. He has published extensively on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, and theoretical approaches to literature. His most recent books are Thomas Hardy and Literature, in Theory. He is currently working on The Derrida Wordbook (EUP) and a study of the relation between philosophy and poetry in the nineteenth century.
Justifying the unjustifiable - a supplementary introduction. Part I: scribble - writing power; the battle of proper names (from "Of Grammatology"); the originary metaphor (from "Of Grammatology"); the "Retrait" of metaphor; economimesis. Part II: the time before the first (from "Dissemination"); from "Specters of Marx"; from "Memoirs of the blind"; the logic of the living feminine (from "Otobiographies"); qual quelle - Valery's sources; Khora.