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Reading and Responsibility: Deconstruction's Traces

Derek Attridge


What is the importance of deconstruction, and the writing of Jacques Derrida in particular, for literary criticism today? This book argues that the challenge of Derrida's work for our understanding of literature and its value has still not been fully met; traces a close engagement with Derrida's writing over two decades; and reflects an interest in that work going back a further two decades, showing how it can illuminate a variety of topics. Chapters include an overview of deconstruction as a critical practice today, discussions of the secret, postcolonialism, ethics, literary criticism, jargo ... More

Keywords: Jacques Derrida, literary criticism, postcolonialism, ethics, fiction, photography, Emmanuel Levinas, Roland Barthes, J. Hillis Miller, Jean-Michel Rabaté

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748640089
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Attridge, author