Coming to the Beginning

Peggy Kamuf

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Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641543
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652136 | DOI:
Coming to the Beginning

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This chapter considers Marian Hobson's Opening Lines, her remarkable and singularly thoughtful book on the writings of Derrida, and looks for motifs that return in the first sentences of written works which are very dissimilar as regards their principal subjects, their occasions, and their formal or rhetorical strategies. All of this (everything essential, therefore) will be left out of account, as if these sentences came to us already detached, isolated from whatever might accompany them.

Keywords: Marian Hobson; Opening Lines; Derrida; first sentences

Chapter.  3627 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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