American Critics at Work: Examinations of Contemporary Literary Theories

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ing out the "inner actuality of relations in a tension of reflection that lets everything [power] remain," it becomes perilously similar, again in Kierkegaard's terms, to the garrulous "chatter" of a wit industry that ultimately, if unwittingly, validates and serves the levelling liegemonic socio-political purposes of the "present age."


NOTES
1
Martin Heidegger, "Introduction: The Exposition of the Question of the Meaning of Being", Being and Time, tr. Joan Stambaugh in Basic Writings, ed. Joseph Farrell Krell ( New York. Harper & Row, 1977), pp. 67-68.
2
Jacques Derrida, "Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences", Writing and Difference, tr. Alan Bass ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978), p. 289.
3
Jacques Derrida, Of Grammarology, tr. Gayatri Spivak ( Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976), p. 158. For Paul de Man, of course, creative writing, unlike commentary about it, is self-consciously dernystified from the start and exists to deconstruct the mystified expectations of the logocentric reader. "The Rhetoric of Blindness: Jacques Derrlda's Reading of Rousseau," Blindness and Insight: Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1971), pp. 102-4.
4
Jacques Derrida, Of Grammarology, p. 158.
5
Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology, p. 158.
6
Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology, p. 159.
7
Edward Said, "Reflections on Recent American 'Left' Literary Criticism", The Problems of Reading in Contemporary American Criticism: A Symposium, Boundary 2, Vol. VIII ( Fall 1979), p. 27.
8
J. Hillis Miller, "The Critic as Host", in Harold Bloom, Paul de Man,

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