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By Michael Payne

'Deconstruction', 'psychoanalysis', and 'semiotics' became a part of the vocabulary of contempoorary tradition. Reading Theory introduces the crucial texts through Derrida, Lacan and Kristeva which are at the back of those phrases and that supply their contexts. This ebook concentrates its realization on making obtainable what those 3 theorists have written, instead of supplying a man-made building of the trendy terminology of idea.

  • Works rigorously via key texts by way of the best modern theorists
  • Clear, available and introductory
  • Challenges contemporary assaults on thought and on Derrida.

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179); he must deploy marvels of subtlety to demonstrate that in Le soulier de satin Claudel does not “repudiate himself” and does not “renounce” his “constant framework” (p. 183). What is most serious is that this “ultrastructuralist” method, as we have called it, seems to contradict, in certain respects, the most precious and original intention of structuralism.

9 Our question is not a reaction against what others have called “ingenuity” and what seems to us, except in a few instances, to be something more and something better. Confronted by this series of brilliant and penetrating exercises intended to illustrate a method, it is rather a question of unburdening ourselves of a mute anxiety, and of doing so at the point at which this anxiety is not only ours, the reader’s, but also seems to conform, beneath the language, operations, and greatest achievements of this book, to the anxiety of the author himself.

And each existence continues to “express” the totality of the Universe. There is, therefore, no tragedy of the book. There is only one Book, and this same Book is distributed throughout all books. In the Theodicy, Theodorus, who “had become able to confront the divine radiancy of the daughter of Jupiter,” is led by her to the “palace of the fates;” in this palace “Jupiter, having surveyed them before the beginning of the existing world, classified the possibilities into worlds, and chose the best of all.

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