Abstract

abstract:

This article reinscribes a question asked by J. Hillis Miller nearly a decade ago: How can Derrida's political thought help us today? It answers this question by reading Derrida's treatment of the relationship between citationality and event, especially as this relationship is articulated in 9/11 and in autoimmune responses to 9/11—which continue to plague "us" today. In short, the citational structure of 9/11 demands that our responses to this trauma be "kept open" to the future and to the democracy to come. Desires for nationalisms and walls are so many attempts to close off this openness, this future: desires to deny the citational structure of the event.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9383
Print ISSN
0891-625X
Pages
pp. 545-570
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-05
Open Access
No
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