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The Ear, Who?

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/9780748641543.003.0013
The Ear, Who?

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‘Otobiographies’ is just one of several titles that introduce into the labyrinth of an ear: another is ‘Tympan’, the opening or threshold essay in Margins of Philosophy, and ‘Heidegger's Ear’, the second part of Politics of Friendship. Otobiographies appeared in a volume of conference proceedings entitled L'oreille de l'autre, The Ear of the Other, a phrase that also resonates in Derrida's text. For example, already in the parenthetical phrase ‘(everything comes down to the ear with which you can hear me)’, where everything comes down to the ear. Which ear? Whose ear? The ear of what? And even we might ask, recalling Zarathustra's strange encounter, the ear, who?

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; ear; Otobiographies; Zarathustra

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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