Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

Peggy Kamuf

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pp. vii-x

Some of the most vibrant Hispanists working in the United States today are the authors of the essays in this volume, The Marrano Specter: Derrida and Hispanism, which emerged from the 2014 conference on the topic. The essayists agreed to reflect on the figure of the marrano as a way into questions about their field from the angles of the sort of “theory” ...

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Introduction: Derrida’s Marranismo

Erin Graff Zivin

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pp. 1-12

“Why are Latin Americanists so interested in specters?” Peggy Kamuf asked me several years ago.1 It’s true: For the past twenty years, Latin Americanists, and to a different degree and in different ways Hispanists who focus on the Iberian peninsula, have taken up ghosts, revenants, hantologie, specters, and Specters of Marx with particular focus. ...

Part I: Marrano Indisciplinarity

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1. Cervantes on “Derrida”: Hispanism in the Open

Jacques Lezra

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pp. 15-30

Let’s play a dangerous game.1 Let’s imagine a primal scene for Hispanism. The game is dangerous because it tends to be played in order to grant the origin a determinative quality, as if to say that there, at the scene where this event occurred, are set the rules according to which we, our discipline, will develop, the rules according to which we will see our origin, ...

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2. Spectral Comparisons: Cortázar and Derrida

David Kelman

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pp. 31-48

Someone, a comparatist by training, walks into a comparative literature conference and says: “I want monolingualism to teach me how to compare.” This might sound like the beginning of a joke, since it asserts (or demands) that one could learn how to compare literatures in different languages by focusing on only one language. ...

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3. On Mondialatinization, or Saving the Name of the Latin

Jaime Hanneken

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pp. 49-64

If Derrida’s concept of mondialatinization 1 is of consequence to the future prospects of Latin Americanism, it is at least in part because the conceptualization of Latin America, practically since it came to be called that, has been nourished by a belief so fervent in the ineffable, exceptional quality of “Latin” history and place as to be considered religious. ...

Part II: Form and Secrecy

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4. The Jew or Patriarchy (or Worse)

Brett Levinson

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pp. 67-80

In the essay “Abraham, the Other,” largely centered on a reading of Sartre’s 1946 Anti-Semite and Jew, Derrida notes that, since the Jew as such does not exist, the figure of the marrano is no less a Jew than the Jew, and may even be more so: “That is why I play seriously, more and more, with the figure of the marrano: the less you show yourself as jewish, ...

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5. Two Sides of the Same Coin? Form, Matter, and Secrecy in Derrida, de Man, and Borges

Patrick Dove

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pp. 81-100

According to the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española the term “marrano” derives from the Arabic muḥarram, which means “forbidden” or “anathematized” and presumably alludes to Muslim and Jewish proscriptions against eating pork. Marrano made its way into colloquial Spanish with the meaning of “pig” or “pork” and later acquired an array ...

Part III: Between Nonethics and Infrapolitics

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6. Marrano Spirit? . . . and Hispanism, or Responsibility in 2666

Gareth Williams

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pp. 103-115

What remains to be said about spirit? Indeed, is there anything at all to be said about a specifically Marrano Spirit that titles our conference and brings us together with both words capitalized and without quotation marks around either of them, individually or collectively. ...

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7. Infrapolitical Derrida: The Ontic Determination of Politics beyond Empiricism

Alberto Moreiras

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pp. 116-137

In the “Fifth Study” of The Idol and Distance Jean-Luc Marion asks what he calls a “brutal question”: whether “distance,” which in his book refers primarily to the distance between the human and the divine, would come to be “the ontological difference” (200). Marion wants to know whether the very possibility of a new thinking of God ...

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8. Deconstruction and Its Precursors: Levinas and Borges after Derrida

Erin Graff Zivin

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pp. 138-152

In the introduction to this volume, I emphasize the importance not only of identifying Derrida’s effects on the fields of Hispanism and Latin Americanism, but also of attending to the marrano inflection in Derrida’s work. These tasks are neither identical nor autonomous. Rather, each exposes blind spots and opens possible avenues of reflection in the other. ...

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Afterword

Geoffrey Bennington

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pp. 153-156

“Derrida and Hispanism” might at first have seemed an improbable subtitle. One might have thought that Derrida’s references to Hispanic literature and thought being so few (really just a few allusions to Borges in the ’60s and ’70s), that “Derrida and Hispanism” yoked together two entities in an encounter that, while perhaps not as improbable as that of an ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 157-158

The essays collected in the present volume emerged from two meetings on the topic of Derrida and Hispanism: a seminar at the American Comparative Literature Association meeting in March 2014 in New York, and a colloquium held at the University of Southern California in April of the same year, both of which were co-organized with Samuel Steinberg. ...

List of Contributors

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pp. 159-162

Index

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pp. 163-168