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Friday, 14 August 2009



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You have reached a new level of insight here, no mean feat given the high standard you regularly achieve.

Geof Brown

Looking forward to reading more--lots of incisive insight here. Can't wait to see the rest!

David "JR/NCC" Jackson


I'm impressed at the depths that you go to in pursuing your academic works. Of course, I mean that in the best way possible.


Good save!


You just bragged about your ability to overcompensate for your overcompensation, in order to impress the readers of Inside Higher Ed. That's quite an impressive feat of awareness.

Jack Canuck

Shouldn't that be "Hibernian" metropolis, with an "n", in that second-to-last sentence? Sure, nitpicky, but there you go. Love the blog. Cheers.

Peter Concannon

Reminds me how much I love Ulysses--so much I could bear the unobtrusive and helpful insertion of the D man. Hope to see the whole article--you'll provide the reference when it appears, of course.


I tremble at the sublimity of this post, which threatens to render me speechless before the windblown heights and drear depths of its awesome profundity. I fall upon the thorns of deconstruction! I bleed structuralism!

(What? Just following orders.)

Ray Davis

Does "In another anticipation..." refer back to a before-the-excerpt mention of Derrida's enthusiastic repurposing of Joyce? It wouldn't make sense pointing to the "Devant la Loi" quote.


Good point. I'm claiming that Joyce does what Derrida says there, but I don't say everything that Derrida says there. I leave out the part where titles, much like laws, deconstruct themselves, because the narratives they govern always undermine the stable figure of governance, be it a title or a law. This is the problem with an over-familiarity with theory, I think: you know what follows from what, but neglect to inform your reader of those steps. (Like I said, this is a very early piece, career-wise for me, and labors under some assumptions I no longer share with myself.)


You don't say anything about Derrida.You force a cite for no reason in particular. Derrida might call that violence.

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