Of grammatology: a preface to reading and writing

Ahmed, Soheil (2013) Of grammatology: a preface to reading and writing. International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, 10 (4). pp. 41-49.

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Abstract

What are the implications of Derrida's "Of Grammatology" for those basic acts of reading and writing within academia? But why "Of Grammatology?" After all, "Of Grammatology's" dense prose resists almost actively our readerly attempts to decipher it. What place does such a text have within an academia whose common sense views of reading and writing are brought into crisis by this text? What indeed is common sense from the perspective of such a text? How could such a text become a pretext for understanding the essential dialectic of reading and writing? Engaging these questions requires engaging with some constitutive textual performances of Derrida's seminal text, which provide the explorations of this essay. Although "Of Grammatology" (its preface mainly) is the primary focus of the essay, explorations into its characteristic moves requires broadening this focus to include a number of other texts. Broadly, these are: Derrida (1978); Derrida (1988); Bloom (1971); Halliday (2002); Heidegger (1962); Jackson (2001); Johnson (1980); Waterhouse (1981).

Item ID: 23632
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 2327-0055
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2012 03:05
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 50%
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