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The Marrano Specter
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The Marrano Specter pursues the reciprocal influence between Jacques Derrida and Hispanism. On the one hand, Derrida’s work has engendered a robust conversation among philosophers and critics in Spain and Latin America, where his work circulates in excellent translation, and where many of the terms and problems he addresses take on a distinctive meaning: nationalism and cosmopolitanism; spectrality and hauntology; the relation of subjectivity and truth; the university; disciplinarity; institutionality.

Perhaps more remarkably, the influence is in a profound sense reciprocal: across his writings, Derrida grapples with the theme of marranismo, the phenomenon of Sephardic crypto-Judaism. Derrida’s marranismo is a means of taking apart traditional accounts of identity; a way for Derrida to reflect on the status of the secret; a philosophical nexus where language, nationalism, and truth-telling meet and clash in productive ways; and a way of elaborating a critique of modern biopolitics. It is much more than a simple marker of his work’s Hispanic identity, but it is also, and irreducibly, that.

The essays collected in The Marrano Specter cut across the grain of traditional Hispanism, but also of the humanistic disciplines broadly conceived. Their vantage point—the theoretical, philosophically inflected critique of disciplinary practices—poses uncomfortable, often unfamiliar questions for both hispanophone studies and the broader theoretical humanities.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. Peggy Kamuf
  3. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: Derrida’s Marranismo
  2. Erin Graff Zivin
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I: Marrano Indisciplinarity
  1. 1. Cervantes on “Derrida”: Hispanism in the Open
  2. Jacques Lezra
  3. pp. 15-30
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  1. 2. Spectral Comparisons: Cortázar and Derrida
  2. David Kelman
  3. pp. 31-48
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  1. 3. On Mondialatinization, or Saving the Name of the Latin
  2. Jaime Hanneken
  3. pp. 49-64
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  1. Part II: Form and Secrecy
  1. 4. The Jew or Patriarchy (or Worse)
  2. Brett Levinson
  3. pp. 67-80
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  1. 5. Two Sides of the Same Coin? Form, Matter, and Secrecy in Derrida, de Man, and Borges
  2. Patrick Dove
  3. pp. 81-100
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  1. Part III: Between Nonethics and Infrapolitics
  1. 6. Marrano Spirit? . . . and Hispanism, or Responsibility in 2666
  2. Gareth Williams
  3. pp. 103-115
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  1. 7. Infrapolitical Derrida: The Ontic Determination of Politics beyond Empiricism
  2. Alberto Moreiras
  3. pp. 116-137
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  1. 8. Deconstruction and Its Precursors: Levinas and Borges after Derrida
  2. Erin Graff Zivin
  3. pp. 138-152
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  1. Afterword
  2. Geoffrey Bennington
  3. pp. 153-156
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 157-158
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 163-168
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