Critical Encounters: Reference and Responsibility in Deconstructive Writing

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Critical Encounters addresses a central and long-standing concern in literary criticism and theory: What is the relation between literature and reality, or language and experience? The questions raised by poststructuralist criticism, and particularly deconstruction, concerning the establishment of reference, appear to many readers to involve a dangerous denial of any link between texts and reality: the possibility that reference is indirect seems to mean that we have no reliable access to experience or to ...
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Critical Encounters addresses a central and long-standing concern in literary criticism and theory: What is the relation between literature and reality, or language and experience? The questions raised by poststructuralist criticism, and particularly deconstruction, concerning the establishment of reference, appear to many readers to involve a dangerous denial of any link between texts and reality: the possibility that reference is indirect seems to mean that we have no reliable access to experience or to history and, therefore, no basis for political action or ethical decision. Drawing on contemporary theories of literature, history, and feminism, the essays in this volume interrogate the assumptions underlying this critique of deconstruction by asking what it would mean to conceive of an experience that is constituted by the very way it escapes or resists comprehension. Taking as their starting point the attempt to rethink fundamental questions of reality and reference, the contributors ultimately ask how we might learn to recognize and to respond to the realities of a history, a politics, and an ethics not based on straightforward understanding.
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Table of Contents

Prefatory Note
Introduction: The Insistence of Reference 1
Ending Up/Taking Back (with Two Postscripts on Paul de Man's Historical Materialism) 11
Literary Theory as the Criticism of Aesthetics: De Man, Blanchot, and Romantic "Allegories of Cognition" 42
The Claims of Reference 92
Singularities, Responsibilities: Derrida, Deconstruction, and Literary Criticism 106
Hallucinatory History: Hugo's Revolution 127
Nietzsche, Deconstruction, and the Truth of History 155
The Work to Come 184
Contingent Foundations: Feminism and the Question of "Postmodernism" 213
Inside/Out 233
"I Say I Am There": Siting/Citing the Subject of Feminism an Deconstruction 241
Deconstruction and the Impossibility of Justice 262
Visage, Figure: Speech and Murder in Levinas's Totality and Infinity 275
Notes on Contributors 299
Index 301
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