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Of Grammatology by Jacques Derrida
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Of Grammatology (edition 1998)

by Jacques Derrida, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Translator)

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Title:Of Grammatology
Authors:Jacques Derrida
Other authors:Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Translator)
Info:The Johns Hopkins University Press (1998), Edition: Corrected, Paperback, 456 pages
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Tags:Analysis, language, linguistics, creativity, writing, French, nonfiction

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Of Grammatology by Jacques Derrida

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I didn't finish the book. I got to page 289--27 short of the end--and just couldn't go any further. So if there was a brilliant insight located in the last 27 pages, I missed it.

This book was an utter waste of my time. That's not necessarily a reflection on Derrida. It may be that I am an idiot. Either way, I got nothing of value from it, so there's not much more that I can say about it.

My guess is it's Derrida, though. I would suggest you stay away from this book unless 1) you're required to read it, or 2) you find similar but somewhat clearer thinkers (Baudrillard, Foucault, Barthes, Bataille) very stimulating. But start your postmodern adventure with those, not with big D. ( )
3 vote Matt_the_Cat | Jul 17, 2009 |
A superb and crucial book, and the cornerstone of Derrida's work. But I have come to believe that Derrida is the vehicle that made it possible to advance from the work of Husserl and Heidegger to the work of Bernard Stiegler. ( )
  djross | Mar 10, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0801858305, Paperback)

Jacques Derrida's revolutionary theories about deconstruction, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and structuralism, first voiced in the 1960s, forever changed the face of European and American criticism. The ideas in De la grammatologie sparked lively debates in intellectual circles that included students of literature, philosophy, and the humanities, inspiring these students to ask questions of their disciplines that had previously been considered improper. Thirty years later, the immense influence of Derrida's work is still igniting controversy, thanks in part to Gayatri Spivak's translation, which captures the richness and complexity of the original. This corrected edition adds a new index of the critics and philosophers cited in the text and makes one of contemporary criticism's most indispensable works even more accessible and usable.

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