Derrida and Joyce
Texts and Contexts
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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We would like to thank Sean Latham and Carol Kealiher, the editors of James Joyce Quarterly, for permission to reprint Andrew J. Mitchellâs âMean-ing Postponed: The Post Card and Finnegans Wakeâ (James Joyce Quarterly 44, 1 [Fall 2006], 59â76]) and Louis Armand, then editor of Hypermedia Joyce Studies, for permission to reprint Simon Critchley and Tom McCarthyâs ...
Key to Abbreviations
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Note on the Translations
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The translations of the essays offered here have been editorially adjusted to bring Derridaâs references to Ulysses into accordance with the Gabler edi-tion of the text: James Joyce, Ulysses: The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler with Wolfhard Steppe and Claus Melchior (London: The bodley Head, 1993). in âUlysses Gramophone: Hear Say Yes in Joyce,â Derrida ...
IntroductionDerrida and Joyce:On Totality and Equivocation
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The conjunction of James Joyce and Jacques Derrida brings together what many would consider to be the arch representative of high modernism with the signal figure of postmodernism, a writer who authored some of the bold-est experiments with the English language with a thinker who reinvented theory as deconstruction and ineradicably changed the way texts are read, ...
ITexts by Jacques Derrida
Ulysses Gramophone:Two Words for Joyce
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Throughout Joyceâs oeuvre, the yes and laughter are intertwined. They form one and the same condition of possibility, a kind of transcendental that for once provokes laughter while making one think. It indeed accompanies all significations, the history and languages of the encyclopedia. It thus exceeds them also, in an unfolding whose anamnestic power resembles the ...
The Night Watch
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MallarmÃ© . . . about Hamlet. He says: il se promÃ¨ne, lisant au livre de Chapter 11, which takes place in the dwelling of the Sirens, reproduces a fugue per canonem, complete with trills, semibreve, staccato, presto, âJean Paris, James Joyce par lui-mÃªme, cited by Jacques Trilling. . . to read the effects of the text in a sort of polyphony, in multiple ...
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The great sweep of life has actually always shown itself to be on the Historical incarnation sets free the transcendental, instead of binding it.According to JD, the community of JJ critics was right to accuse him of incompetence, of not mastering the material, of speaking out of turn before audiences of specialists. As a novice in the field, every time he wrote or ...
2Joyce’s Resonance in Glas
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Derridaâs Glas is an elaboration of Hegel, or, if you will, a gloss (with all the disingenuousness that word implies). To be sure, Derridaâs text, in its arrant strangeness, is hardly a limpid elucidation of Hegel. Derrida introduces a certain complexity into the dialectic in order, perhaps, to maintain it and carry it forward. To take a quote from Nicolas Sarkozy, Derridaâs stance ...
3Meaning Postponed:The Post Card and Finnegans Wake
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To ask what Finnegans Wake means presupposes an understanding of how the book means. The frustration given voice in such a question arises from the fact that Finnegans Wake dashes the hopes and expectations that we, as readers, have learned to bring to the texts we read. To engage with the Wake, therefore, we have to learn how to read anew. This has less to do ...
4The Mother, of All thePhantasms . . .
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In âTwo Words for Joyceâ Derrida leaves little room for doubt about the privileged role Joyce plays in his work. âEvery time I write,â he says, âJoyceâs ghost is always coming on boardâ (TW 27/27). Not sometimes, not often, or most often, but âevery time I write,â he says, âand even in the most academic pieces of work,â a ghost or phantom of Joyce comes to haunt his ...
5Matricidal Writing:Philosophy’s Endgame
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Derridaâs most recent publication on Joyce, âThe Waking Woman: â[Read-ing] in the Book of Himself,â â is a preface to Jacques Trillingâs psychoana-lytic reading of Ulysses, entitled James Joyce or Matricidal Writing (1973).1 Although an occasional piece, this preface is important. It bears on the contamination of philosophy by literature in Derridaâs writing. It is impor-...
6Sero-Positives: Belatedness andAffirmation in Joyce, Cixous,and Derrida
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How can it feel to be writing after Joyce? âIt is very late, it is always too late with Joyce, I shall say only two wordsâ (TW 22/15). Or, at the beginning of Glas, âa sort of Wakeâ (TW 28/30): âwhat, after all, of the remain(s), today, for us, here, now, of a Hegel?â (G 1a/7a), in a book having a tilt at Hegelâs Sa (savoir absolu, but also sounding like âherâ), whose bicolumnar ...
7JJ, JD, TV
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At the time when James Joyceâs Finnegans Wake was published, on May 4, 1939, Europe, indeed the world, was, as we all know, on the verge of radical, unprecedented change; social, political, technological. It was to be the crisis of civilization toward which the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution had so inexorably appeared to be tending: the great dialectical ...
8“mememormee”:Notes on Derrida’s Re-Markings ofDesire and Memory in Joyce
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Derrida responds to Joyceâs call for remembrance in specific textual acts of recalling, remembering, and reinscribing. He analyzes and deconstructs Joyceâs texts and then re-members them, gathering scions or slips from Joyce and grafting them into his own scenes of writing. Joyce and Derrida: not the writers themselves but the writings signed with their proper names (which are simultaneously threatened, if not ruined, by the writings to which they...
9Of Chrematology: Joyce and Money
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Money makes the round go a-world, as Joyce might have said. Certainly, Finnegans Wake, his book of wandering and return, of âaloss and againâ (FW 18.22â23), is awash with money. There are English pounds, âshelenksâ (FW 8.06), and pence, American bison nickels, French louis, Russian kopecks, German grosch and âdogmarksâ (FW 161.08). âWoodpiles of haypenniesâ ...
10Signature/Countersignature:Derrida’s Response to Ulysses
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Is it possible, as a reader or critic, to do justice to Joyceâs Ulysses? This ques-tion immediately raises another one: what would it mean to do justice to a literary work? In this essay I shall be discussing Jacques Derridaâs response to Ulysses in light of the first of these questions (and in so doing attempting to do justice myself to his response), but in order to do this I will initially ...
11Two Joyces for Derrida
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Iâll begin with a personal memory, one anecdote, the first and the last one, I promise, so as not to fall prey to nostalgia. In the spring of 1969, having made a firm decision to write an MA thesis on the concept of parody in Finnegans Wake, and having secured the assurance of HÃ©lÃ¨ne Cixousâ supervi-sion, I went to see Jacques Derrida, as I would do weekly, since I was the ...
Selection of Photographs
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Page Count: 332
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: SUNY series in Contemporary French Thought