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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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Or Again, Meddling

Or Again, Meddling

(p.38) Or Again, Meddling
In Memory of Jacques Derrida

Nicholas Royle

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents this title as a way of thinking about the works of Jacques Derrida. ‘Meddling’ is linked to a mix or medley of other words. ‘Or again’ is a quotation. Derrida calls it ‘sublime’. Every Derrida text meddles differently, even if it might appear to be up to the same thing. Derrida's texts call to be read differently, anew, every time: they confirm the open-endedness of the or again. The connections between his work and the Gothic have to date had to do largely with the ghostly, crypts and secrets. His work throws new light, patterns and shadows on ‘the Gothic’ as meddling, ‘the Gothic’ as a figure of meddling and as a meddling figure. ‘Meddling’ operates at the level of narrative as well as character. The logic of unconditional hospitality and the logic of conditional hospitality are absolutely heterogeneous; they have nothing to do with one another.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, meddling, or again, Gothic, conditional hospitality, unconditional hospitality

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