The Place of Deconstruction: A Conversation with Jean-Michel Rabaté

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:
The Place of Deconstruction: A Conversation with Jean-Michel Rabaté

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This chapter presents a conversation that took place by e-mail with Jean-Michel Rabaté on the question of deconstruction and place, initially written to be performed by him and the author at a conference in Paris in 2003. Rabaté is both one of the most eminent and energetic commentators on Jacques Derrida's work, and someone who knew him well over a much longer period than the author did. Derrida seems to provide his own parody of Descartes' Discourse on Method. Literature has always already thought the deconstructive undoing or opening what Derrida started because it contains a hidden, latent, unknown knowledge about itself: the inadequacy of a purely ‘objective’ sociological analysis of the place, and places, of deconstruction; not that they are invalid, but that they leave many questions still in place.

Keywords: deconstruction; Jean-Michel Rabaté; conversation; place; Jacques Derrida; Descartes; Discourse on Method

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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