Frontmatter

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Title Page

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Acknowledgments

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p. xi

Earlier versions of some chapters have previously appeared in print. “Teaching Deconstruction: Giving, Taking, Leaving, Belonging, and the Remains of the University” was originally published in Diacritics 31, no. 3 (2001): 89–107. “Auditing Derrida” appeared in Parallax 10, no. 2 (2004): 3–18. ...

Contents

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p. ix

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Introduction

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pp. 1-24

As Derrida himself points out, in a number of texts we shall come to in a moment, the contre or counter implies a “with-against” movement, a turning toward and away from, a measure both of distance and proximity (inordinately difficult to calculate, and therefore in constant need of reckoning), ...

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Chapter 1: Counter-Institution, Counter-Deconstruction

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pp. 25-43

In recent times, thinking in particular of his lecture on “The University Without Condition” from 1999, Derrida has once more added his voice to others in calling for a rethinking of the university, which would include an analysis of its ongoing redefi nition in a variety of contexts: globalization; ...

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Chapter 2: Teaching Deconstruction: Giving, Taking, Leaving, Belonging, and the Remains of the University

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pp. 44-67

In an essay on “Literary Study in the Transnational University,” J. Hillis Miller tries to account for the hostility shown by some practitioners of a certain kind of cultural studies toward what is perceived as “high” theory and, in particular, deconstruction. Describing the emergence of cultural studies as a quasi-discipline, ...

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Chapter 3: “The Fidelity of a Guardian”: The “Double Keeping” of Jacques Derrida

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pp. 68-84

“The Principle of Reason: The University in the Eyes of Its Pupils”— perhaps one of Derrida’s best known and most infl uential texts on the question of the university institution—was first presented, in English, in 1983, as the inaugural lecture for the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Chair at Cornell University.1 ...

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Chapter 4: Auditing Derrida

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pp. 85-118

As long ago as 1995, a special issue of the Oxford Literary Review (17) was devoted to the topic of “The University in Ruins.”1 The obvious reference in the journal’s title to the work of Bill Readings was triply underscored in its pages. The volume was dedicated to Readings, who had been killed tragically in an air crash ...

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Chapter 5: The Claim of the Humanities: A Discussion with Christopher Fynsk

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pp. 119-146

Christopher Fynsk in his book The Claim of Language contributes to current debates about the state of the contemporary university by acknowledging the decline in fortunes of those disciplines traditionally associated with the liberal arts, particularly (although by no means exclusively) in North America. ...

Notes

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pp. 147-154

Bibliography

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pp. 155-160

Index

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pp. 161-164

Fordham's Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series

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