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In Memory of Jacques Derrida$
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Nicholas Royle

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632954

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632954.001.0001

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Not Now

Not Now

(p.21) Not Now
In Memory of Jacques Derrida

Nicholas Royle

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes the quotation, ‘Not now’ in three different cryptic instances. The first one is David McKee's Not Now, Bernard. It is an example of that impossible genre called ‘children's literature’, a genre not especially linked with the work of Jacques Derrida, despite the fact that ‘the problem of the child’ is a consistent focus of attention in that work. This book is both funny and appalling. The appeal of McKee's ‘all-time’, ‘not now’ classic would doubtless lie in the name of Bernard, its singularity, but also in its substitutability, its replaceability. Secondly, ‘Not now’ is a quotation from part of the title of a lecture Derrida gave at Cornell University, ‘No Apocalypse, Not Now’. The last cryptic instance is from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Hamlet is about forms of deferral, delay or afterwardness to be thought on the basis of the present.

Keywords:   Not now, David McKee, Bernard, Jacques Derrida, Shakespeare, Hamlet, deferral, delay, afterwardness

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