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Apocalypse-Cinema2012 and Other Ends of the World$
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Peter Szendy

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264803

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.001.0001

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Il n’y a pas de hors-film, or Cinema and Its Cinders

Il n’y a pas de hors-film, or Cinema and Its Cinders

(p.123) Postface Il n’y a pas de hors-film, or Cinema and Its Cinders

Peter Szendy

Fordham University Press

The statement “Il n'y a pas de hors-texte” (“There is nothing outside the text”) appears under Derrida's pen for the first time in 1967 in De la grammatologie. This chapter diverts this statement, which has almost become a bad sales pitch for deconstruction, toward the filmic image. It asks: How should we understand that “there is no extrafilm [il n'y a pas de hors-film]?” What changes if we substitute film for text in the aforementioned slogan? Is cinema structurally dedicated to archiving the unarchivable, to being transported in advance toward this place of the “outside-the-archive” that Derrida described as “impossible,” immediately adding that “the impossible is the affair of deconstruction?”

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, deconstruction, apocalypse-cinema, apocalyptic film, apocalyptic genre

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