Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction: Cinders after Biopolitics

Cary Wolfe

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pp. vii-xxx

“I shall speak of ghost [revenant], of flame, and of ashes.” So read the first words of Jacques Derrida’s book Of Spirit: Heidegger and the Question, a text published in 1987, five years after the text you have before you.1 Of Spirit is but one of the texts by Derrida...

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Prologue

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pp. 3-11

More than fifteen years ago a phrase came to me, as though in spite of me; to be more precise, it returned, unique, uniquely succinct, almost mute. I thought I had calculated it cunningly, mastered and overwhelmed it, as if I had appropriated it once and for all...

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Animadversions

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pp. 12-12

“Moving off of itself, forming itself wholly therein, almost without remainder, writing denies and recognizes its debt in a single dash. The utmost disintegration of the signature, far from the center, indeed from the secrets that are shared there, divided up so as to scatter even their ashes...

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Cinders

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pp. 13-60

And near the end, at the bottom of the last page, it was as though you had signed with these words: “There are cinders there,” “Cinders there are.” I read, reread them; it was so simple, and yet I knew that I was not there; without waiting for me the phrase withdrew into its secret...

Sources for Animadversions

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pp. 61-62

Translator's Notes

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pp. 63-74