Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was the most original and inspiring writer and philosopher of our time. In a series of distinctive essays that are at once self-contained and intricately linked, Royle explores the legacies of Derrida's thinking in the context of philosophy, language, globalisation, war, terrorism, justice, the democracy to come, poetry, literature, memory, mourning, the gift, friendship and dreams. Lucid, inventive and at times funny, Royle allows us to appreciate how much Derrida's work has altered the ways we read and think. Autobiography, children's literature, the Gothic and modernist fiction, for example, figure together with philosophy, queer studies, speech act theory and psychoanalysis. The writings of Horace Walpole, Herman Melville, E. M. Forster, Elizabeth Bowen, Joe Brainard and David McKee are illuminatingly put in play alongside Shakespeare.
One can read this book both as a demonstration of the valueof a Derridean approach to literature, and to Shakespeare’s language inparticular, and as testimony to the difference Derrida, the man and thework, made to one individual.
A magnificent new work of scholarship, memory, and friendship. In Memory of Jacques Derrida is a truly virtuosic performance, by turns brilliant, lyrical, playful, witty, and deeply moving.
This is a fantastic, fabulous book. It is a production in which something unprecedented happens, a signature the like of which is to be found nowhere else.