THE POLITICS OF DECONSTRUCTION: DERRIDA POLITICAL READINGS

The Politics of Deconstruction: Political Readings of Derrida’s Of Grammatology (1967-2017)

In the wake of the 50th anniversary of Jacques Derrida’s seminal Of Grammatology, this seminar will take a closer look both at the political implications of deconstructivist thought in the context of post-war-Europe and the political interventions already at play in Of Grammatology – falsely considered to be a “formalist”, a-political, reaction to its over-politicized times – that will inform the openly “political turn” of Derrida’s critical posture at the end of the century, as best illustrated by his Specters of Marx (1993). This seminar will engage in a close-reading of the key passages of Derrida’s ground-braking work from 1967 and a discussion of relevant related texts by the philosopher and his contemporaries.

Required texts:
Jacques Derrida: Of Grammatology (transl. G. Spivak)