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Sounding the Abyss : Readings Between Cavell and Derrida - Roger V. Bell

Sounding the Abyss

Readings Between Cavell and Derrida


Published: 21st April 2004
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Sounding the Abyss achieves an analysis that extends Cavell's already rich range of work into surprising new directions in postcolonialism, multiculturalism, and general cultural criticism. The work never strays from its concern with reassessing the divide between philosophy's analytic and Continental factions.

First, [Bell] does a masterful job of working to bring texts of Cavell and Derrida into Conversation with one another at a deep and intimate level, tracing their (often uncanny) affinities and differences figured in Bell's recurrent fantasy that they are writing on each others texts.... Second, the readings...are, in my view, often brilliant, also often surprising, and in almost all cases fruitfully open new perspectives and questions with which one wants to return.... -- Steven G. Affeldt, Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame and Visiting Professor, Graduate Faculty of Philosophy, New Schoo

List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: Illustrating the Differences: Mark Tansey's Derrida Queries de Manp. 1
Reading Cavell's Origins for American Philosophy from the Margins of Nineteenth-Century Literature of the Pacificp. 23
Cavell Voices His Differences with Derrida's Deconstruction: Across Viewings of Cukor's Gaslightp. 75
Autobiographically It Comes Down to Austin: Cavell Puts an Ear to Secp. 127
Opera, Postcolonial Identities, and Closing Philosophy's Umbrellasp. 219
Rorty on Derrida: A Discourse of Simulated Moderationp. 253
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ISBN: 9780739106709
ISBN-10: 0739106708
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 21st April 2004
Publisher: Lexington Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.5