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Description - Dissemination by Derrida

"The English version of "Dissemination" [is] an able translation by Barbara Johnson...Derrida's central contention is that languge 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. Philosphy 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 it own meretriciousness, abandons itself to the Dionysiac play of language. In "Dissemination" - more than in any previous work - Derrida joins in the revelry, weaving a complex pattern of puns, verbal echoes allusions, intended to 'deconstruct' both the pretense of criticsm to tell the truth about literature, and the pretension of philosophy to be the litearature of truth". - Peter Dews, "New Statesman"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226143347
ISBN-10: 0226143341
Format: Hardback
(227mm x 151mm x mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1983
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Derrida

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

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