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Derrida: A Guide for the Perplexed [Paperback]

Julian Wolfreys

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24 May 2007
Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.

Jacques Derrida is one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. His writings, his lectures and his involvement in a number of political causes have transformed the way in which literature and cultural studies is taught yet his work is often met with incomprehension, hostility and fear. This guide provides students with a clear, unintimidating introduction to Derrida, the key concepts and ideas associated with his work and the major subjects he addresses. Without assuming any prior knowledge of Derrida's work or literary theory, the guide introduces Derrida's ideas, work, reception and his wider philosophical and critical influence. Throughout, Wolfreys refers to literature and film examples, grounding discussion of theoretical concepts in close reading of specific texts.

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Julian Wolfreys is Associate Professor of Victorian Literary and Cultural Studies with the Department of English, Loughborough, UK, and the University of Florida, USA. The author and editor of numerous books and articles, his most recent publications are Readings: Acts of Close Reading in Literary Theory (EUP) and Victorian Haunting: Spectrality, Gothic, the Uncanny (Palgrave).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing 30 Dec 2008
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Having studied Derrida for a while, I have to say that this book is tied for my "BEST INTRODUCTION to DERRIDA." The other text is Penelope Deutscher's "How to Read Derrida." If you are just attempting to get into the rich and complicated thoughts of Jacques Derrida and his poststructural ideas, I highly recommend this amazing text.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Obscure 6 Nov 2009
By Mr. I. Bhattacharjee - Published on Amazon.com
I havent read Derrida before and this series of books gave me a good understanding about Kierkgraad , so i bought this one on Derrida. I am utterly disappointed with the book, the series publisher must may attention that who ever writes in this series must be able to communicate complex ideas in simple way and not in more complicated way. I do not buy the idea that Derrida s concept are so obscure that they cannot be explained in simple terms. I have come across such situations before with other thinkers and always managed to find resources where someone really understood the concept/ideas and was able to explain it clearly .
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