Herman Rapaport • Later Derrida
Reading the Recent Work
Herman Rapaport "is a strongly inventive, active reader of Derrida's writings, both the more recent and those one may have thought were assimilated years ago (but think again!). Bringing to its task sharp critical tools, "Later Derrida proposes insightful interpretations of Derrida's latest work in the domain of politics and ethics. In the process, it challenges some of the most entrenched ideas about deconstruction."
For many readers of Jacques Derrida, the philosopher's work since the appearance of The Post Card in 1987 has been enriched by a new set of concerns and questions. In Later Derrida, Herman Rapaport offers four extended essays that examine Derrida's work of the past fifteen years. Drawing on his own deep familiarity with theory and with Derrida's work in particular, he shows what Derrida has to say on such subjects as postcolonialism, monolingism, trauma, memory and the archive. Of particular interest to readers of Derrida will be Rapaport's explanation of the concepts of Gemeinschaft (sect, society, etc.) and Gesellschaft (democracy, globalisation, etc.) in the French philosopher's work. The essays also consider Derrida's relation to the work of Trinh Minh-ha, Gayatri Spivak, Artaud and Heidegger. This lucid book will be a necessary companion to all readers of Derrida's writing.
Routledege, Paperback, english, 158 pages