Of Grammatology Paperback – Jan 8 1998
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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 New York Review of Books 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 Notes and Queries 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 New Republic 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. Canto
About 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.
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While Derrida's writing may be difficult because it is both dense and playful, allusive and iconoclastic,these presentational "quirks" are not empty but tied to the basic structures of his argumentation.
Since its publication, popular characterizations of this book have attributed to it positions it does not hold. Derrida is, among his other gifts, a scholar of the first order and behind his statements are close readings of many of the philosphical greats that preceded his effort. This is not the babbling of the manic mind but a huge encounter with the dominant tradition of interpretation.
Such a gigantic target cannot be exhausted in one volume, but even if one wishes to affirm the analytic tradition, this volume should be read with the respect and care one gives a worthy enemy.
Jacques Derrida's *Of Grammatology* is one of the most infamous theoretical works of recent decades: from its initial reception as a Rosetta Stone of a new literary history to Derrida's famous snubbing by Cambridge dons, it was reputed to be all kinds of mind-expanding. But although Derrida has settled into a more philosophical metier, the theory presented in this book has a character which is rarely remarked upon: in reality, it is all but a highly adequate theory of criminal investigation built upon the non-substantial character of the trace.
Traces of evidence are not exactly anything, including the intended meanings or effects of the words or actions which serve as the subject of judicial inquiry: and Derrida's ruminations upon Levi-Strauss, Saussure, and Rousseau -- concerning their "lines" with respect to the amount of structure which can be uncritically attributed to language at the popular, "unpopular", or personal level -- "desediment" a theory of language which relies heavily upon Freud's evocation of the magnetic-writing pad as metaphor for a "graphological" unconscious which brooks no imagistic guff. In this he is not very distant from Richard Montague's concern with "disambiguation" as a ground for linguistic meaning, but those who consider Derrida's work beyond the analytic pale have perhaps been snookered by theories of linguistic meaning which assume that institutions forming an integral part of language must not play any significant role in the formulation of a theory of meaning.Read more ›
A colleague once told me that this book should be read as a reaction against French structuralism. This may be true, but I see it as a literary project to indulge in the excesses of Nietzschean/Dionysian ecstacy. It is an attempt to take a break from philosophy, to put on oversized white shirts and with a sloppy oil paintbrush, disfigure the classical works of Western philosophy. It is, to quote the translator of the book, an attempt to become "intoxicated at the prospect of never hitting bottom". The movement of deconstruction reacts against the stealth of the philosophers, who try to cover their literary tracks. Deconstruction exposes the so-called solidity of philosophical texts, exposing the hierarchies they construct as fragile, and removing them with delight.Read more ›
In other words, Derrida is only as smart as you think he is. Regardless of what any number of critics proclaim, he, just like all like him (including Barthes) fall into the traps which Barthes so proudly outlined in his Myths texts. The problem with each philosophes of this mettle is that they claim a strucutre, while consistently creating their own around this unknown and unfathomable structure. This is best exemplefied through the Derridian claim that speech and writing belong to the same form of communication he terms "arche-writing." This is mind blowing if you follow his logic and play the game within the rules he deans you. However in any other discipline on any other field with different rules, his logic is as flawed as his hairstyle.
My favorite deconstruction of Derrida is a post-colonial one, which I don't think anyone has really made yet (at least to my satisfaction).Read more ›
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This text is worth the effort and cost, if only for the fantastic introduction by Spivak -- perhaps the nicest introduction to Deconstruction available. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by ktrmes
This book is not for everyone. Derrida's poststructuralism made several new critical approaches possible, and his contribution to the analysis of language is interesting at least... Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by David Spielman
There are a number of books on the market whose titles begin with "Of" ("Of Mice and Men," "Of Course I Can Cook") and I have generally enjoyed them. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003 by Nanx Hedwerp
I don't like this book as it didn't help me with my home work and Miss Rogers told me off. I wanted to correct my grammar which weren't very good but Derrida did not help me he... Read morePublished on March 25 2003 by tommy_tads
Of Grammatology is somewhat of its time, but it has cast a long shadow. The book's language is dense and vertiginous by turns, often rhetorically masterful even as it probes the... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2002 by D M R FOX
Hmmmmm . . . how should I begin? That Chef battle sequence was such a riot. Do you really think that you could win 14 in a row on any other day of the week? Read morePublished on April 20 2002 by Pumpernickel Bracket
While this book offers up some interesting concepts, I find that much of it is borrowed from earlier philosophical explorations. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2001 by C. F Higgins
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