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The Marrano SpecterDerrida and Hispanism$
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Erin Graff Zivin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277674

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277674.001.0001

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The Jew or Patriarchy (or Worse)

The Jew or Patriarchy (or Worse)

(p.67) Chapter 4 The Jew or Patriarchy (or Worse)
The Marrano Specter

Brett Levinson

Fordham University Press

Numerous scholars claim that theory—in particular, deconstruction—posit the Jew as the human being without specific qualities, hence as the people whose essence is hidden. As such, the Jew incarnates the secret, exemplifying all humanity (the human race, unlike other races, supposedly being without mark). He or she thereby serves to illustrate the nature of racism itself, whose purpose is to control, contain, or eliminate the threat of the unknown. Levinson argues that, despite the fact that many of these critics turn to Derrida and deconstruction for their model, all of Derrida’s late work, in particular that on the marrano, is geared to challenge this idea of the exemplarity of the Jew.

Keywords:   différance, examplarity, Jew, signifier

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