Following Derrida

Derek Attridge

in Reading and Responsibility

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640089
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652112 | DOI:
Following Derrida

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This chapter was written for French publication: a contribution to an issue of Cahiers de l'Herne dedicated to Jacques Derrida. Derrida is hard to follow. There must be very few readers of Derrida who have not said to themselves while engaged with a work of his: this is hard to follow. The author has been trying to follow Derrida for nearly forty years. As was the case with writing on Derrida, he had written an essay giving a central place to an animal in J. M. Coetzee's work: the chained dog that Dostoevsky releases in The Master of Petersburg. Derrida had and has a huge following, which he entirely deserves. This short piece is written by the author as one of his followers, in homage and in gratitude for what he gave him during the twenty years he knew him, and the longer period he has been reading him.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; writing; J. M. Coetzee; Master of Petersburg; Dostoevsky; French publication

Chapter.  2049 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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