This collection of essays on Jacques Derrida spans nearly thirty years of critical thinking about Derrida's work. The articles selected here have never previously been collected, yet they are significant contributions that illuminate difficult and important aspects of Derrida's writings. While not seeking to be comprehensive, the volume ranges over the entirety of Derrida's published output and addresses a number of crucial topics, including literature, iterability, the signature, time, alterity, Judaism, metaphor and death. Reprinted here in chronological order of first publication, the essays are complemented by an introduction by Ian Maclachlan which discusses the significance of Derrida's work for our critical thinking.
Contents: Preface; Introduction: deconstruction, critical thought, literature, Ian Maclachlan; 'Literature'/Literature, Alan Bass; Household words: alterity, the unconscious and the text, Ann Wordsworth; Skepticism and deconstruction, A.J. Cascardi; Un dialogue de sourds? Some implications of the Austin-Searle-Derrida debate, Ian Maclean; Autobiography and the case of the signature: reading Derrida's Glas, Jane Marie Todd; Metaphorics and metaphysics: Derrida's analysis of Aristotle, Irene E. Harvey; Time after time: temporality, temporalization, Timothy Clark; Circumcising confession: Derrida, autobiography, Judaism, Jill Robbins; Memento Mori, Robert Smith; Index.