I just wanted to share information about a lecture on Joyce and Derrida being given this Friday through the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.
Carole and Gordon Segal Visiting Professor of Irish Literature at Northwestern University
Fellow of the British Academy, University of York, UK
Friday, April 22 • 4 p.m.
English Room 160
“James Joyce Meets Jacques Derrida: Signature and Counter-signature”
It may seem an unlikely conjuncture: the most famous Irish writer of the first half of the twentieth century and the most famous French philosopher of the second half. Yet the writing of James Joyce was of immeasurable importance to Jacques Derrida in his questioning of the entire tradition of Western philosophy. This lecture will explore the relationship between the novelist and the thinker, and ask what we can learn from the way in which Derrida responds to Joyce, or, to put it in the former’s terms, what we are offered by Derrida’s inimitable countersigning of Joyce’s equally inimitable signature.
Lecture is free and open to the public.
This event is organized by Vicki Mahaffey and sponsored by the Department of English and the Unit for Criticism and Theory