By Sarah Wood
Writing and Difference is one in all Jacques Derrida's most generally learn and studied books. In a suite of essays that interact with literature, historical past, poetry, dramaturgy, psychoanalysis, ethnology and structuralism, Derrida demonstrates how philosophy and literature may be learn, and revolutionizes our realizing of writing, distinction and lifestyles itself. This creation is the suitable significant other to an extraordinary and influential crew of texts.
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It is an ébranlement: a jolt of force, a vibration or trembling, the jolt at the setting off of a vehicle or by analogy the threat of ruin or the nervous shock produced by a vivid emotion. Everything shakes: consciousness begins as an earthquake. The care and conscientiousness of structuralist literary criticism such as Rousset’s are, Derrida shows, powered by a force that that consciousness separates itself from in order to come into existence as such. Structuralism’s awareness of language is nothing other than its succumbing to a movement or violence.
Law of difference’ (244). Artaud uses metaphysical notions such as ‘self-presence, unity, selfidentity, the proper, etc’ to reveal the limits of the metaphysical. Unlike his fellow ‘destructive’ thinkers, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Freud, who like him attack metaphysical assumptions in a manner that makes him dependent on them, Artaud seems to have inscribed and experienced the limit of metaphysics with a fatal vividness that makes Derrida wonder about the relation between the concept of madness and the concept of metaphysics in general.
18, 350). NOTHING Structuralism may be an efficient reading method, but it may not be fully alert to the possibilities of its own movement, and history rightly concerns itself with ‘the immense region of somnambulism, the almost-everything that is not the pure waking state, the sterile and silent acidity of the question itself, the almost-nothing’ (3). Derrida felt as a young man that he had nothing to say, but he also recognized that it is ‘the consciousness of nothing, upon which all consciousness of something enriches itself, takes on meaning and shape’ (8).
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