Ghostly Demarcations: A Symposium on Jacques Derrida's Specters of Marx

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With the publication of Specters of Marx in 1993, Jacques Derrida redeemed a longstanding pledge to confront Marx’s texts directly and in detail. His characteristically bravura presentation provided a provocative re-reading of the classics in the Western tradition and posed a series of challenges to Marxism.

In a timely intervention in one of today’s most vital theoretical debates, the contributors to Ghostly Demarcations respond to the distinctive program projected by Specters ...

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Overview

With the publication of Specters of Marx in 1993, Jacques Derrida redeemed a longstanding pledge to confront Marx’s texts directly and in detail. His characteristically bravura presentation provided a provocative re-reading of the classics in the Western tradition and posed a series of challenges to Marxism.

In a timely intervention in one of today’s most vital theoretical debates, the contributors to Ghostly Demarcations respond to the distinctive program projected by Specters of Marx. The volume features sympathetic meditations on the relationship between Marxism and deconstruction by Fredric Jameson, Werner Hamacher, Antonio Negri, Warren Montag, and Rastko Möcnik, brief polemical reviews by Terry Eagleton and Pierre Macherey, and sustained political critiques by Tom Lewis and Aijaz Ahmad. The volume concludes with Derrida’s reply to his critics in which he sharpens his views about the vexed relationship between Marxism and deconstruction.

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Editorial Reviews

Guardian
“Virtually every area of humanistic scholarship and artistic creativity in the latter part of the 20th century felt the influence of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.”
Colin MacCabe
“Fredric Jameson is probably the most important cultural critic writing in English today ... It can truly be said that nothing cultural is alien to him.”
New Statesman
“Antonio Negri is one of the most significant figures of current political thought.”
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“Virtually every area of humanistic scholarship and artistic creativity in the latter part of the 20th century felt the influence of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.”—Guardian

“Fredric Jameson is probably the most important cultural critic writing in English today ... It can truly be said that nothing cultural is alien to him.”—Colin MacCabe

“Antonio Negri is one of the most significant figures of current political thought.”—New Statesman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844672110
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Radical Thinkers Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 811,613
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Sprinker was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His Imaginary Relations: Aesthetics and Ideology in the History of Historical Materialism and History and Ideology in Proust are also published by Verso. Together with Mike Davis, he founded Verso’s Haymarket Series and guided it until his death in 1999.

Aijaz Ahmad is a renowned cultural theorist who has taught in several western and Indian universities. A frequent contributor to Frontline magazine, he currently lives in New Delhi.

Jacques Derrida was Director of Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. English translations of his work include Given Time, Memories of the Blind, Specters of Marx, The Politics of Friendship, and The Gift of Death.

Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow, University of Manchester. His other books include Ideology; The Function of Criticism; Heathcliff and the Great Hunger; Against the Grain; Walter Benjamin; and Criticism and Ideology, all from Verso.

Fredric Jameson is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. The author of numerous books, he has over the last three decades developed a richly nuanced vision of Western culture’s relation to political economy. He was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize. He is the author of many books, including Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Cultural Turn, A Singular Modernity, The Modernist Papers, Archaeologies of the Future, Brecht and Method, Ideologies of Theory, Valences of the Dialectic, The Hegel Variations and Representing Capital.

Warren Montag is Associate Professor of English at Occidental College, Los Angeles. He is the author of Bodies, Masses, Power: Spinoza and his Contemporaries and the Unthinkable Swift.

Antonio Negri has taught philosophy and political science at the Universities of Padua and Paris; he has also been a political prisoner in Italy and a political refugee in France. He is the author of over thirty books, including Political Descartes, Marx Beyond Marx, The Savage Anomaly, The Politics of Subversion, Insurgencies, Subversive Spinoza, and Time for Revolution, and, in collaboration with Michael Hardt, Labor of Dionysus, Empire and Multitude. He currently lives in Paris and Venice.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Specter's Smile 5
2 Marx Dematerialized, or the Spirit of Derrida 17
3 Marx's Purloined Letter 26
4 Spirits Armed and Unarmed: Derrida's Specters of Marx 68
5 Marxism without Marxism 83
6 Reconciling Derrida: 'Specters of Marx' and Deconstructive Politics 88
7 After the Fall: Through the Fogs of the 18th Brumaire of the Eastern Springs 110
8 The Politics of 'Hauntology' in Derrida's Specters of 134
9 Lingua Amissa: The Messianism of Commodity-Language and Derrida's Specters of Marx 168
10 Marx & Sons 213
Index 270
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