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Shibboleth: Judges, Derrida, Celan

Marc Redfield


In the Book of Judges, the Gileadites use the word shibboleth to target and kill members of a closely related tribe, the Ephraimites, who cannot pronounce the initial shin phoneme. In modern European languages, shibboleth has come to mean a hard-to-falsify sign that winnows identities and establishes and confirms borders; it has also acquired the ancillary meanings of slogan or cliché. The semantic field of shibboleth thus seems keyed to the waning of the logos in an era of technical reproducibility—to the proliferation of technologies and practices of encryption, decryption, exclusion and inc ... More

Keywords: apostrophe, Bible, Celan, Derrida, deconstruction, Faulkner, Salcedo, shibboleth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823289066
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823289066.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Redfield, author
Brown University

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