"Acts of Literature", compiled in close association with Derrida,
brings together for the first time a number of Derrida's writings
on literary texts on the question of literature. The essays discuss
literary figures such as Rousseau, Mallarme, Joyce, Shakespeare and
Kafka. Comprising pieces spanning Derrida's career, the collection
includes a substantial new interview with him on questions of
literature, deconstruction, politics, feminism and history. Derek
Attridge provides an introductory essay on deconstruction and the
question of literature, and offers suggestions for further reading.
These essays examine the place and function of literature in
Western culture. They highlight Derrida's interest in literature as
a significant cultural institution and as a peculiarly challenging
form of writing, with inescapable consequences for our thinking
about philosophy, politics and ethics This book should be of
interest to undergraduates and academics in the field of literary
theory and criticism and continental philosophy.
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