Publication Year: 2004
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title page, Copyright Page
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Any statement of thanks will always resort to the formulaic. The attempt to add something âmoreâ to the process only runs the risk of sounding even more like the same old thing. So, no more words, as Iâve already said too much, and can only say that the occasions of gratitude are many and sincere. Donald Ault, Joan Brandt, Mary Ann Caws, Claire Colebrook, Sophie...
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The purpose of Occasional Deconstructions is multiple, though all of its aims are closely related. Mobilizing a number of issues from Jacques Derridaâs recent work around questions of ethics, politics, and identity, and addressing the ways in which these pertain to the necessary work of acts of reading attentive to the demands that the concerns...
Part One. FALSE STARTS
Chapter 1. Reflecting on the Occasions of Introduction: Justifying the Unjustifiable or, Beginning Again
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Ever since Jacques Derrida addressed himself to the problematic of introduction in relation to Hegelâs âPrefaceâ to the Phenomenology, everything that can be said on the subject of introductions has been said. Everything is exhausted, has become stale and familiar, especially, it has to be said, this chapter. And itâs for that reason why this...
Part Two. IDENTITIES IN RUINS
Chapter 2. Uncanny Temporalities, Haunting Occasions: Sunset Boulevard
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Matters of structure and sequence are announced in and through the notion of âfilm,â staging and representation also; and, through these, the projection of a certain economy or genealogy of cinema, having to do with what remains, what haunts, what retreats...
Chapter 3. Biographyâs Ruins: The Afterlife of Mary Shelley
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Will an event have taken place in the texts bearing the signature of Muriel Spark? Will an event have arrived that suspends the reception of such texts in relation to questions of delimitable periodization or context? How can we know, how might we be sure, other than, possibly, through the chance of a belated reading that still remains...
Chapter 4. Between: Speculations
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What is the place or, perhaps more precisely, what is the âtaking place,â that the notion or motif of between designates? Hardly a concept, more a figure for a motion without form, between, if it is anything at all, is among the most ambiguous and inaccurate of terms....
Part Three. APPARITIONING
Chapter 5. Eternity and a Day or, an âEndless Forewordâ: Tout dire
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I put the term âgivenâ in quotes because I was unable to present the paper myself, which duty was performed by the conference organizer, Martin McQuillan, to whom I am grateful for, quite literally, standing in for me, and allowing me to âspeakâ through himâan act of ventriloquism, mimicry, and hauntingâby which means I managed a momentarily...
Chapter 6. Citationâs Haunt: Spectres of Derrida
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The occasions for this chapterâs âoriginalâ appearances led to two different versions, in two languages, and its subsequent shaping has had to do materially with the response to these situations, in relation to the question of citation and the institution of scholarship. First...
Chapter 7. Occasions of Trauma and Testimony: Witnessing, Memory, and Responsibility
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Although there is a significant number of critical works addressing the figure and effects of trauma, or what Ulrich Baer calls âunresolved experience,â1 and the related role of testimony in literature, there is no single school of criticism, no one methodology as such, dealing with these issues. It is not the purpose of this chapter...
Part Four. AFFIRMATIVE RESISTANCES
Chapter 8. Origins of Deconstruction? Deconstruction, that which arrives (if it arrives at all)
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This chapter had its âoriginsâ as a paper presented at the annual conference of the IAPL (International Association of Philosophy and Literature), at one of two panels entitled âOrigins of Deconstruction,â terms that this chapter, clearly, takes as its title....
Chapter 9. Hauntology or the Political? (or, No Politics, Not Now): Always Already Deceived
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This chapter was, in its first version, an invited presentation, given at a conference, âAlmost Always Deceived: Revolutionary Praxis and Reinventions of Needâ held in Spring 2001 at the University of Florida and organized by the Marxist Reading Group. As with the chapter that follows, the present chapter addresses the motif of spectrality as...
Chapter 10. Letter to Martin McQuillan, Concerning âthe New Internationalâ: The Indelible Marx of Haunting
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Thank you, first of all, for inviting me to participate in the edition of Parallax addressing the question of âthe New International,â1 as that figure is raised in Specters of Marx. Iâm writing this letter in lieu of an article or essay because I donât have the time to write something that might be, on...
Part Five. READING TO COME
Chapter 11. Guilty Reading
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How are we to answer this question? Is it answerable? Will we have done with it at the end of this chapter? The very difficulty of answering lies in the apparent simplicity, the naked transparency of this question. All at once it appears readable and yet, for all that, remains to be read, if not unreadable. We cannot escape this problem....
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INDEX OF PROPER NAMES
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Page Count: 382
Publication Year: 2004