To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida (The Frontiers of by Peggy Kamuf

By Peggy Kamuf

This ebook collects ten years of Peggy Kamuf's writing at the paintings and friendship of Jacques Derrida. the vast majority of the chapters speak about a key element of Derrida's proposal, both from a unmarried paintings or throughout numerous texts. Kamuf engages with a large array of his paintings, from the Sixties to the posthumous e-book of his educating seminars. She additionally considers press interviews and the collaboration on a movie. those shut readings are punctuated via short memories from their lengthy friendship.

The chapters hint a mirrored image that undergoes the surprising occasion of Derrida's loss of life. instead of take this interruption as its premise, despite the fact that, the ebook units out from Derrida’s personal educating that mourning starts off with friendship and never simply on the dying of the good friend. hence, the stern chronology of the chapters, from 2000 to 2010, highlights a basic phantasm of ‘before’ and ‘after’ that comes undone over the process the series.

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But the point is, of course, Marx does likewise because the emancipatory, messianic affirmation is the very “spirit of Marxism” that its heir deconstruction receives and reaffirms. Nevertheless, no one would ever simply mistake a vigilant, deconstructive posture for its Marxist antecedent. That posture has thus fundamentally shifted something in the vigilant stance or gaze, turned it not only back upon itself in self-critique (which would be “in principle and explicitly open to its own transformation, re-evaluation, self-reinterpretation” [88]) but emphasized how it also pivots to watch for what may be coming from the other direction and the direction of the other.

And why is that? Does one have to be noble and brave? What if all the questions put to me about what I write came down to fleeing something I write? Okay. I give in . . (Points, 9–11) I have quoted at such length because this early interview about interviews, or meta-interview, introduces many of the notes Derrida as interviewee has continued to sound throughout the years, in vastly different circumstances where nevertheless the same or similar programs and expectations are in place. As one can hear, these are being neither overturned nor abandoned here, but questioned, interrogated, pointed out, with a gesture that might be compared to that of an actor who, before going on with his role in the play (“Okay.

11. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or the Whale (London and New York: Norton, 1967), p. 453. 12. To take just a few examples: “He applies an extraordinary vigilance, a faultless erudition to the measure of the desire of the unconscious” (on Roger Laporte); “With a vigilance one could probably say operates at every instant . ” (on Emmanuel Lévinas); “For example, to analyze a genre or discursive code, or the rules of a particular social arrangement, and to do so with his meticulousness and vigilance .

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