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p. xivp. 11. A picture of Derridalocked

  • Simon Glendinning

Abstract

‘A picture of Derrida’ argues that anyone engaging with the biography of Jacques Derrida needs to appreciate his views on the biographical genre. He insisted that, with philosophers in particular, there is little value in the idea of seeking to understand their work by reference to ‘the real life of these existences “of flesh and bone”’. His own work called for the ‘defetishization’ of the author figure, and he opposed the use of promotional shots of authors in book publicity. For Derrida, a kind of withdrawal, a sort of solitude, is the proper mark of the expression of the one who appears, in a different way,in their writing.

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