[lit-ideas] Re: Derrideana

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:07:10 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 8/26/2013 8:25:46 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes in "The difference between speech and text 
--  & 
deconstruction" about Derrida and 'deconstruction' and 'demythologising',  
and I see P. Enns has written on the distinction he finds between these terms. 
 L. Helms writes:
"Apparently he was much more influential in the US than in France.   Why?"
L. Helm quotes from an online source: 
“...[D]id this add to his appeal in the United States? In America,  Derrida’
s work was often deployed in battles over identity. Unlike in France,  his 
first US readers encountered his theory in an atmosphere of social upheaval. 
 ... In The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom inveighed against  
deconstruction for enabling America’s “relativist” turn—for conferring  
philosophical legitimacy on an insidious quest to undermine reason, truth, and  
reality itself.) Was it just a coincidence that his first major American  
translator, Gayatri Spivak, the scholar who plucked the term “deconstruction” 
 out of Of Grammatology and put it under a spotlight in her influential 
preface  to the book, was an Indian-born US transplant and a woman?"
For the record, the wiki entry (yes, public domain, I know) allows to  
'show' (rather than 'hide') influences of Derrida -- "influenced", it goes. The 
rather list goes, as per below, in ps -- NOT in alphabetic order -- 

And I would add, to the list most importantly, Derrida. For surely  Derrida 
influenced Derrida. Oddly, he did not influence Grice. I have NOT  
doublechecked the list of people who did influence Derrida (which is hidden 
view in Wikipedia, unless you make it show).
A long list, above -- making generalisations of the type L. Helm reports  
rather 'interesting'.
Richard Rorty 
Paul de Man 
Bernard Stiegler 
Jean-Luc Nancy  
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe 
Ernesto Laclau 
Chantal Mouffe 
Judith  Butler 
Luce Irigaray 
Julia Kristeva 
Louis Althusser 
Peter  Eisenman 
Edward Said 
Homi K. Bhabha 
Gayatri Spivak 
John Caputo  
Mario Kopić 
Peter Sloterdijk 
Avital Ronell 
Catherine Malabou  
Geoffrey Hartman 
J. Hillis Miller 
Harold Bloom 
Costas Douzinas  
Martin Hägglund 
Zygmunt Bauman 
Simon Glendinning 
Mark C. Taylor  
Robert Magliola
Ian Parker

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