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The Affect of America

Peggy Kamuf

in To Follow

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641543
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652136 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641543.003.0008
The Affect of America

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Many attempts have been made to characterize the intense relations that, forty years ago, began evolving between Derrida's work and his readers (or nonreaders) in the US – relations mediated in very complex ways by the body of his writing, by its reception and translation, by the different institutions or traditions which welcomed or resisted it, and so forth. This chapter attempts to address the topic of ‘Derrida's America’ in a less, or rather differently mediated, sense, by saying something about his affective relation to the US. Derrida was, in general, a very keen observer of the American public scene, of its politics, universities, legal system, judicial system, religion, its eating habits (which he mostly deplored), child-raising customs, television, movies, violence, journalism, and so forth.

Keywords: Derrida; United States; America

Chapter.  6887 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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