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Simon Wortham

? It is dead! I tell you it’s dead! … I’m totally convinced that deconstruction started dying from the very first day. Jacques Derrida, ‘As if I were dead’ 1 If it were possible to separate the two (as Baudrillard claims, and Derrida does not) I

in Rethinking the university
Some considerations
Mícheál Ó hAodha

). As a conclusion to this examination of Traveller alterity I wish to briefly discuss the philosophical possibilities that exist for a movement beyond the ‘politics of difference’ as it currently stands and the potential for a new theoretic dualism of Self/Other. Poststructuralist thinkers such as Jacques Derrida have been to the fore in this theoretical evolution and I discuss his notion of différance as a roadmap for future theoretical engagement with the concept of the ‘Other’. Postmodernism involves a radical critique of universal reason and truth. From the

in ‘Insubordinate Irish’
Nicholas Royle

enchantment and enchancement, fate and (in Freud’s phrase) ‘a kind of magic’, perhaps, and above all the fairy or demon of literary fiction . 1 As Derrida comments, with respect to the fort-da movement of Beyond the Pleasure Principle : ‘ “literary fiction” … already watches over, like a fairy or demon [ comme une fée ou un demon ], the structure of the fort:da , its scene of writing or of inheritance in dissemination’. 2 It watches over everything, it watches, it wakes, to awake: fairyground analysis. They’re not interested in resting inter or transitioning, in

in Hélène Cixous
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(Post-)structuralism between France and the United States
Edward Baring

-Strauss and Roland Barthes foregrounded anonymous structures that transcended and determined the self. Moving on at pace, so the narrative goes, these ideas were challenged by a range of post-structuralists, most prominently Jacques Derrida but also Gilles Deleuze, Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva. The ‘post-structuralists’ added a dash of Nietzsche to the staid structuralist mix, which tended to dissolve certainties and unsettle the structures that earlier scholars had described. Despite the attractive simplicity of

in Post-everything
The difference of Deleuze and Derrida
Tuija Pulkkinen

4 Ontologies of borders: the difference of Deleuze and Derrida Tuija Pulkkinen This chapter is about the concept of border. I will not approach border as if I was going to conceptualize something that we already empirically know about, and nor will I concentrate solely on geographical and political borders. Instead, I will take a step back and consider border in an abstract sense: as a separation of one into two dissimilar entities. This means that I will take the study of border into the area of philosophy and, in particular, into problems of ontology and

in The political materialities of borders
W. G. Sebald’s Die Ausgewanderten
Dora Osborne

just by photographs, but also by oil paintings, frescoes, postcards, scaledrawings and sketches. In the proliferation of visual elements, the reader as viewer seems to be denied access to a comprehensive image of the emigrants themselves and is drawn instead into a relay between partial images. For their movement between revelation and obscurity, Sebald’s Die Ausgewanderten might also be called ‘memoirs of the blind’. This supplementary sub-heading takes its cue from Derrida’s Memoirs of the Blind: The Self-Portrait and Other Ruins, a text indebted to images and

in A literature of restitution
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Textual spectrality and Finnegans Wake
Matthew Schultz

Introduction: Textual spectrality and Finnegans Wake ‘Why this hunt for ghosts?’ (Jacques Derrida, Specters of Marx) The October 2010 special issue of PMLA – Literary Criticism for the Twenty-First Century – assembled a collection of shorter essays that forecast possible paradigm shifts in literary criticism. In the introductory essay, Jonathan Culler aptly notes a salient feature appearing throughout the issue: ‘the motif of return: return to rhetoric, a return to thematics, a return to textual criticism…’1 As it mines contributors’ varied attempts to sketch

in Haunted historiographies
Michael O’Sullivan

MUP FINAL PROOF – <STAGE>, 09/13/2013, SPi 5 International comparisons Jacques Derrida, Pierre Bourdieu and the French University The work of leading French academics such as Pierre Bourdieu and Jacques Derrida on education points to key differences in emphasis in the Irish and French university systems. However, the French university system did share, only much earlier, many of the key changes that have come to Irish universities since the 1980s. It experienced a surge in university numbers slightly earlier than its Irish counterpart. Alain Bienayme notes

in The humanities and the Irish university
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The art of memory
Simon Wortham

history and of memory insofar as it relates to the institution of the institution. In ‘The art of memoires’ , the second in a series of three lectures given in memory of Paul de Man, Derrida draws attention to de Man’s strong reading of Hegel’s Aesthetics . Here are found difficult and discontinuous elements that, as de Man puts it, ‘cannot be

in Rethinking the university
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Walking on two feet
Simon Wortham

The aim of this book, baldly put, is to explore and develop key critical debates in the humanities in recent times (concerning, for example, postmodernism, new historicism, political criticism, cultural studies, interdisciplinarity, and deconstruction) in the context of the legitimation crisis widely felt to be facing academic institutions, using Derrida’s idea of leverage

in Rethinking the university