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Introduction

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640089.003.0100
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This book traces a constant engagement with the work of Jacques Derrida over nearly two decades and reflects an interest in that work going back a further two decades. It presents a set of responses to or elaborations of Derrida's writing, registering a few of the many ways in which it remains productive for thinking about literary questions today and about culture more generally. Running through the entire book is a concern with reading: readings of Derrida, but also Derrida's reading of others and the question of reading itself. The common ground of Derrida's effectiveness in these three areas – reading, argument and writing – is responsibility: responsibility to the text being read, responsibility to the protocols of rigorous argument and responsibility to the reader. Derrida's essays on literary work are unique responses that call not for replication but for an answering inventiveness. The chapters included in the book are outlined.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; writing; literary questions; reading; responsibility; literary work

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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