Review of Crockett Clayton, Derrida and the End of Writing: Political Theology and New Materialism
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In 2014, David Wood asked, ‘Derrida Vert?’ (2014, 319) This book may be one answer to that question, where Clayton Crockett reads primary works by Jacques Derrida alongside secondary works such as John Caputo’s theological projects (2006, 2013) and Catherine Malabou’s critical intervention with ‘plasticity’ (2010) in order to think ‘of and from the Earth’ (8) with the object-oriented ontology (OOO) of Timothy Morton (2013) and Karen Barad’s relational ontology (2007). On the way, Crockett presents a useful introduction to new materialism, a bold critique of OOO, a thorough summary of Caputo’s works, and a recapitulation of Malabou’s critiques. The book is a wide-reading adventure that makes novel connections amid these authors in service of ‘appropriating Derrida as a new materialist’ (3).
Crockett’s title announces the project in which this book participates. Derrida at the End of Writing is a far more strident declaration than its likely reference to Catherine Malabou’s Plasticity at...
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