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Introduction: Watchwords

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/9780748641543.003.0017
Introduction: Watchwords

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This introductory chapter details the creation of this book, which while ‘in progress’, remained unoriented, its progression having no overarching idea. It was only very late, after all these pieces had been written, that the thought of aligning them in the order of their composition took over somewhat. Each of the steps in this non-progression were taken within the compass of the work of Jacques Derrida. This repeated reference was, for the large majority of the pieces collected here, dictated by a context, occasion, or event. Before the fall of 2004, these contexts always varied. After Derrida's death in October, 2004, each context was, whether or not this was made explicit, a frame of some sort thrown around the disarray that so many then experienced.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; context; works

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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