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Dissemination
Author: Derrida

ISBN: 9780226143347
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 17 January 1983
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.1 x 2.5
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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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