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Dissemination

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"The English version of Dissemination [is] an able translation by Barbara Johnson . . . . Derrida's central contention is that language is haunted by dispersal, absence, loss, the risk of unmeaning, a risk which is starkly embodied in all writing. The distinction between philosophy and literature therefore becomes of secondary importance. Philosophy vainly attempts to control the irrecoverable dissemination of its own meaning, it strives—against the grain of language—to offer a sober revelation of truth. ...
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Overview


"The English version of Dissemination [is] an able translation by Barbara Johnson . . . . Derrida's central contention is that language is haunted by dispersal, absence, loss, the risk of unmeaning, a risk which is starkly embodied in all writing. The distinction between philosophy and literature therefore becomes of secondary importance. Philosophy vainly attempts to control the irrecoverable dissemination of its own meaning, it strives—against the grain of language—to offer a sober revelation of truth. Literature—on the other hand—flaunts its own meretriciousness, abandons itself to the Dionysiac play of language. In Dissemination—more than any previous work—Derrida joins in the revelry, weaving a complex pattern of puns, verbal echoes and allusions, intended to 'deconstruct' both the pretension of criticism to tell the truth about literature, and the pretension of philosophy to the literature of truth."—Peter Dews, New Statesman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226143347
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/1983
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 573,243
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author


Barbara Johnson is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University.
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Table of Contents


Translator's Introduction
Outwork, prefacing
Plato's Pharmacy
I.
1. Pharmacia
2. The Father of Logos
3. The Filial Inscription: Theuth, Hermes, Thoth, Nabu, Nebo
4. The Pharmakon
5. The Pharmakeus
II.
6. The Pharmakos
7. The Ingredients: Phantasms, Festivals, and Paints
8. The Heritage of the Pharmakon: Family Scene
9. Play: From the Pharmakon to the Letter and from Blindness to the Supplement
The Double Session
I
II
Dissemination
I.
1. The Trigger
2. The Apparatus or Frame
3. The Scission
4. The Double Bottom of the Plupresent
5. wriTing, encAsIng, screeNing
6. The Attending Discourse
II.
7. The Time before First
8. The Column
9. The Crossroads of the "Est"
10. Grafts, a Return to Overcasting
XI. The Supernumerary
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