This volume is a collection of twenty-three interviews given over the last two decades. It illustrates the extraordinary breadth of Derrida's concerns, touching upon such subjects as the teaching of philosophy, sexual difference and feminine identity, the media, AIDS, language and translation, nationalism, politics, and Derrida's early life and the history of his writings. Often, as in the interviews on Heidegger, on drugs, or on the nature of poetry, these interviews offer something available nowhere else in his work. The informality of the interview process frequently leads to the most succinct and lucid explications of many of the most important and influential aspects of Derrida's thought. Sixteen of the interviews appear in English for the first time, including an interview conducted especially for this volume, concerning the recent exchange of letters in the New York Review of Books.
"A significant new scholarly resource, the interviews add up to a collective diagetical gloss on Derrida's major texts. The volume will be indispensable to any student and scholar of literature for whom deconstruction is important, whether as an inspiration and model or as a "bete noire,""--Henry Sussman, SUNY, Buffalo
Introduction; Part I. Upside-down writing Elizabeth Weber; 1. Between Brackets. 2. Ja, or the faux-bond. 3. 'The Almost Nothing of the Unpresentable'; 4. Choreographies; 5. Of a certain coll ge international de philosophie still to come; 6. Unsealing ('the new old language'); 7. 'Dialanguages'; 8. Voice; Part II. 9. Language (Le Monde on the telephone); 10. Heidegger, the philosopher's hell; 11. Comment donner raison? 'How to concede, with reasons?'; 12. 'There is no one narcissism' (Autobiographies); 13. Is there a philosophical language?; 14. The rhetoric of drugs; 15. 'Eating well', or the calculation of the subject; 16. Che cos' la poesia?; 17. Istrice 2: Ick bunn all hier. 18. Once again from the top: of the right to philosophy; 19. 'A 'madness' must watch over thinking'; 20. Counter-signatures; 21. Passages f rom traumatism to promise; 22. Two 'Affairs'; 23. Honoris Causa: 'This is also extremely funny'; 24. The work of intellectuals and the press (The bad example: how the New York Review of Books and company do business).