Dissemination

Dissemination

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ISBN10: 0226143341 ISBN13: 9780226143347 Contributors: Johnson, Barbara (Translator) Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr Published: Feb 15 1983 Weight: 1.15lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 6.00" Depth: 0.75" Language: English

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

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