The Derrida Wordbook
A glossary of words associated with Jacques Derrida accommodating the far-reaching implications of his work
This cornucopia of words and definitions intervenes at crucial points of tension across the entire range of Derrida’s publications, including those published posthumously. It offers sustained expository engagement with a series of 67 key words - from 'Aporia' to 'Yes' - having significance throughout Derrida’s thought and writing. Touching on the literary, as well as on political, aesthetic, phenomenological and psychoanalytic discourses, and tracing how Derrida’s own practice of close reading shadows faithfully the texts he reads before producing a breaking point in the logical limits of a given text, each word, the essays illustrate, is not a final word. Instead, each shows itself, through close reading that places the terms, figures, tropes, and motifs in their broader contexts, to be a gateway, opening on to innumerable, interconnected concerns that inform the work of Jacques Derrida.
Maria–Daniella Dick is presently University Teacher in Literature since 1900 at the University of Glasgow. She has previously taught English Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow, and was a Visiting Lecturer at Glasgow School of Art.
Julian Wolfeys is author and editor of more than 40 books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century English literature and literary theory. He is Professor of English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, where he is also Director of the Centre for Studies in Literature. His most recent publication is a novel, Silent Music, published by Triarchy Press. He is working at present on a second collection of poetry focused on the themes of memory, place, and loss.