Of Grammatology / Edition 1

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Overview

Jacques Derrida's revolutionary theories about deconstruction, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and structuralism, first voiced in the 1960s, forever changed the face of European and American criticism. The ideas in De la grammatologie sparked lively debates in intellectual circles that included students of literature, philosophy, and the humanities, inspiring these students to ask questions of their disciplines that had previously been considered improper. Thirty years later, the immense influence of Derrida's work is still igniting controversy, thanks in part to Gayatri Spivak's translation, which captures the richness and complexity of the original. This corrected edition adds a new index of the critics and philosophers cited in the text and makes one of contemporary criticism's most indispensable works even more accessible and usable.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books - Michael Wood

The translation is a noble job, and we should be grateful to have this distinguished book in our hands... [Spivak's] situating of Derrida among his precursors—Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Husserl—and contemporaries—Lacan, Foucault, and the elusive animal known as structuralism—is very lucid and extremely useful.

Notes and Queries - Roger Poole

The tool-kit for anyone who wants to empty the 'presence' out of any text he has taken a dislike to. A handy arsenal of deconstructive tools are to be found in its pages, and the technique, once learnt, is as simple, and as destructive, as leaving a bomb in a brown paper bag outside (or inside) a pub.

New Republic - Denis Donoghue

There is cause for rejoicing in the translation of De la grammatologie... Just as Derrida discloses in Rousseau a writer who distrusts writing and longs for the proximity of the self to its voice, so Spivak approaches Derrida through the structure of his diction; no ideas but in the words themselves.

New York Review of Books
The translation is a noble job, and we should be grateful to have this distinguished book in our hands... [Spivak's] situating of Derrida among his precursors—Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Husserl—and contemporaries—Lacan, Foucault, and the elusive animal known as structuralism—is very lucid and extremely useful.

— Michael Wood

Notes and Queries
The tool-kit for anyone who wants to empty the 'presence' out of any text he has taken a dislike to. A handy arsenal of deconstructive tools are to be found in its pages, and the technique, once learnt, is as simple, and as destructive, as leaving a bomb in a brown paper bag outside (or inside) a pub.

— Roger Poole

New Republic
There is cause for rejoicing in the translation of De la grammatologie... Just as Derrida discloses in Rousseau a writer who distrusts writing and longs for the proximity of the self to its voice, so Spivak approaches Derrida through the structure of his diction; no ideas but in the words themselves.

— Denis Donoghue

Canto

Reading Derrida was the shock of a decentering, the critical shift into a world of the interminable movement of difference, the crisis of any closure. Of Grammatology was and remains the most tightly worked... and exemplary... demonstration of the science of this shift and crisis.

Michael Wood
The translation is a noble job, and we should be gratdful to have this distinguished book in our hands. -- New York Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801858307
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Corrected Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 190,401
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Translator's Preface
Preface
Exergue 3
1 The End of the Book and the Beginning of Writing 6
The Program 6
The Signifier and Truth 10
The Written Being/The Being Written 18
2 Linguistics and Grammatology 27
The Outside and the Inside 30
The Outside Is [word is struck out] the Inside 44
The Hinge [La Brisure] 65
3 Of Grammatology as a Positive Science 74
Algebra: Arcanum and Transparence 75
Science and the Name of Man 81
The Rebus and the Complicity of Origins 87
Introduction to the "Age of Rousseau" 97
1 The Violence of the Letter: From Levi-Strauss to Rousseau 101
The Battle of Proper Names 107
Writing and Man's Exploitation by Man 118
2 "... That Dangerous Supplement ..." 141
From/Of Blindness to the Supplement 144
The Chain of Supplements 152
The Exorbitant. Question of Method 157
3 Genesis and Structure of the Essay on the Origin of Languages 165
I The Place of the "Essay" 165
II Imitation 195
III Articulation 229
4 From/Of the Supplement to the Source: The Theory of Writing 269
The Originary Metaphor 270
The History and System of Scripts 280
The Alphabet and Absolute Representation 295
The Theorem and the Theater 302
The Supplement of (at) the Origin 313
Notes 317
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