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Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism$
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Jacques Khalip and Forest Pyle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271030

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271030.001.0001

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Painting Theory

Painting Theory

Mark Tansey’s Derrida Queries de Man

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(p.47) Painting Theory
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Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism
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Marc Redfield

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271030.003.0004

Redfield examines Tansey’s iconic “theory paintings,” in particular the famous picture which depicts Derrida and de Man poised together in an “ambiguous dance-struggle” on a precarious precipice above an abyss that invokes visual representations of the Romantic sublime. As Redfield puts it, “the space-time of Derrida and de Man’s impossible encounter is that of a difficult, ambivalently agonistic act of reading.” Redfield demonstrates that Tansey’s painting is something much more than a “sign of the times,” not merely a hyper-realist representation of “theory in America” circa 1990.

Keywords:   deconstruction, De Man, Derrida, Tansey, theory

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