This collection of essays on Jacques Derrida spans nearly thirty years of critical thinking about Derrida's work. The articles selected here have never previously been collected, yet they are significant contributions that illuminate difficult and important aspects of Derrida's writings. While not seeking to be comprehensive, the volume ranges over the entirety of Derrida's published output and addresses a number of crucial topics, including literature, iterability, the signature, time, alterity, Judaism, metaphor and death. Reprinted here in chronological order of first publication, the essays are complemented by an introduction by Ian Maclachlan which discusses the significance of Derrida's work for our critical thinking.

chapter 1|13 pages

Introduction: Deconstruction, Critical Thought, Literature

ByIan Maclachlan

chapter 2|10 pages


ByAlan Bass

chapter 3|12 pages

Household Words: Alterity, the Unconscious and the Text

ByAnn Wordsworth

chapter 4|13 pages

Skepticism and Deconstruction

ByA.J. Cascardi

chapter 6|19 pages

Autobiography and the Case of the Signature: Reading Derrida’s Glas

ByJane Marie Todd

chapter 7|24 pages

Metaphorics and Metaphysics: Derrida’s Analysis of Aristotle

ByIrene E. Harvey

chapter 8|16 pages

Time after Time: Temporality, Temporalization

ByTimothy Clark

chapter 9|20 pages

Circumcising Confession: Derrida, Autobiography, Judaism

ByJill Robbins

chapter 10|16 pages

Memento Mori

ByRobert Smith