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CONTEMPORARY STUDIES IN PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE
SERIES EDITOR:  Hugh J. Silverman

 

The Textual Sublime: 
Deconstruction and its Differences

-- Hugh J. Silverman and Gary E. Alyesworth, eds.

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The Textual Sublime addresses the question of deconstruction by asking what it is and discussing its alternatives.  To what extent does deconstruction derive from a philosophical stance, and to what extent does it depend upon a set of strategies, moves, and rhetorical practices that result in criticism?  Special attention is given to the formulations offered by Jacques Derrida (in relation to Heidegger's philosophy) and by Paul de Man (in relation to Kant's theory of the Sublime).  

The Textual Sublime is particularly concerned with how a text (philosophical or literary) sets its own limits, borders, and margins.  It examines that aspect of a text that deconstruction shows to be both an element of the text and what surpasses the text, what takes it outside itself (in view of alternatives and alterities) and what ties it to differing philosophical, rhetorical, historical, and critical practices.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments
Editor's Introduction
 
I.  Deconstruction and Criticism
    Preliminary Remarks
Gary E. Aylesworth
1. The Choice of Deconstruction
Christopher Fynsk
2. Is Deconstruction an Alternative?
Kathryn Kinczewski
3. Does Deconstruction Makes Any Difference?
Michael Fischer
 
II.  Deconstruction and Philosophy
    Preliminary Remarks
4. Ending/Closure:  On Derida's Margining of Heidegger
Eugenio Donato
5. The Possibility of a Literary Deconstruction: A Reply to Eugenio Donato
David Wood
6. Derrida and Heidegger: The Interlacing of Texts
Tina Chanter
 
III.  Philosophy and Criticism
    Preliminary Remarks
7. The Différance Between Derrida and de Man
Irene E. Harvey
8. Phenomenality and Materiality in Kant
Paul de Man
9. On Mere Sight:  A Response to Paul de Man
Rodolphe Gasché
 
IV.  The Rhetoric and Practice of Deconstruction
10. Paul de Man and the Subject of Literary History
Gregory S. Jay
11. Recovering the Figure of J. L. Austin in Paul de Man's Allegories of Reading
Brian C. Caraher
12. The Anexity of American Deconstruction
Howard Felperin
 
V.  Deconstructing Translation
    Preliminary Remarks
13. Around and About Babel
Joseph F. Graham
14. The Différance of Translation
David B. Allison
15. Lations, Cor, Trans, Re, &c.*
John P. Leavey, Jr.
 
VI.  Alternatives to Deconstruction
    Preliminary Remarks
16. Derrida's Epistemology
Anthony Easthope
17. The Critical Difference: Adorno's Aesthetic Alternative
Wilhelm S. Wurzer
18. Poststructuralist Alternatives to Deconstruction
Arnaud Villani
 
Notes

Selected Bibliography

Contributors
 
Editors
 
Index
 

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