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Derrida, Africa, and the Middle East

  • Authors
  • Christopher Wise

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Christopher Wise
    Pages 1-12
  3. Christopher Wise
    Pages 13-26
  4. Christopher Wise
    Pages 27-43
  5. Christopher Wise
    Pages 45-58
  6. Christopher Wise
    Pages 59-74
  7. Christopher Wise
    Pages 75-87
  8. Christopher Wise
    Pages 89-105
  9. Christopher Wise
    Pages 107-128
  10. Christopher Wise
    Pages 129-148
  11. Christopher Wise
    Pages 149-165
  12. Christopher Wise
    Pages 167-188
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 189-214

About this book

Introduction

The north African roots of Jacques Derrida - he was born in Algeria, and lived there until he was nearly twenty - have yet to receive due consideration. Derrida, Africa, and the Middle East investigates the iconic theorist s claim to "Black, Arab, and Jewish" identity, demonstrating for the first time his significance for Africa and the Middle East while remaining mindful of the conflict between these Jewish and Arab heritages. Even as it criticizes Derrida s analyses of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, it shows why Derrida s idiosyncratic politics should not deter his critics. Further, this study reveals similarities between deconstruction and ancient Egypto-African ways of thinking about language, and posits a new critical lineage - one with origins outside the bounds of Greco-Roman thought.

Keywords

Jacques Derrida language realism

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