Derrida: Derrida and the test of secrecy

Chris Danta*

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Jacques Derrida¹ ends his 1993 essay “Passions: ‘An Oblique Offering’” by confessing his taste in books. “Literature I could, fundamentally do without, in fact, rather easily,” writes Derrida there. “If I had to retire to an island, it would be particularly history books, memoirs, that I would doubtless take with me, and that I would read in my own way, perhaps to make literature out of them.”² What fascinates Derrida is not literature itself but rather the potential of the nonliterary text to become literary. Derrida explains this idea of the becoming-literary of the nonliterary text in one of his...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterpreting Abraham
Subtitle of host publicationJourneys to Moriah
PublisherProject Muse
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781451452372
ISBN (Print)9780800699581
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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