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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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Deconstruction and Its Precursors: Levinas and Borges after Derrida

Deconstruction and Its Precursors: Levinas and Borges after Derrida

(p.138) Chapter 8 Deconstruction and Its Precursors: Levinas and Borges after Derrida
The Marrano Specter

Erin Graff Zivin

Fordham University Press

In the volume’s final essay, “Deconstruction and its Precursors: Reading Levinas and Borges after Derrida,” Erin Graff Zivin considers two possible “precursors” of deconstruction, from two quite different traditions: Emmanuel Levinas and Jorge Luis Borges. The essay begins by evaluating the concept of the illegible demand (for reading) in the thought of Levinas and Derrida, suggesting that the most significant consequences of Levinas’s can only begin to be traced “after” Derrida. Graff Zivin then argues, through a reading of Borges’s “Kafka and His Precursors,” that if literary and philosophical precursors can be determined retroactively and anachronically (Borges “after” Derrida), intempestive reading— reading after whatever is untimely in the work before it—might serve as the condition of possibility for indisciplinary, marrano thinking.

Keywords:   J. L. Borges, Emmanuel Levinas, prescursor, untimeliness

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