Cultural Graphology: Writing After Derrida (Hardback)
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Cultural Graphology: Writing After Derrida (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 04/10/2016
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"Cultural Graphology" could be the name of a new human science: this was Derrida's speculation when, in the late 1960s, he imagined a discipline that combined psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and a commitment to the topic of writing. He never undertook the project himself, but he did leave two brief sketches of how he thought cultural graphology might proceed. In this book, Juliet Fleming picks up where Derrida left off. Using his early thought and the psychoanalytic texts to which it is addressed to examine the print culture of early modern England, she drastically unsettles our knowledge of the key vehicle of modern writing: the book. Fleming shows that the single most important lesson to survive from Derrida's early work is that we do not know what writing is. Channeling Derrida's thought into places it has not been seen before, she takes on topics such as errors, spaces, and print ornaments that have hitherto been marginal to our accounts of print culture and excavates the long-forgotten reading practice of cutting printed books. Proposing radical deformations to the meanings of fundamental and apparently simple terms such as "error," "letter," "surface," and "cut," Fleming opens up exciting new pathways into our understanding of the book as a material and cultural object.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226390420
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm


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Fleming extends and fulfills Derrida s vision of a quasi-totalizing science of writing. Moving from grammatology to graphology, she shows how trace, mark, supplement, signature, and other terms figure in an open-ended project embracing poetry, cultural theory, book design, psychoanalysis, and media studies. On every page Cultural Graphology brings forward the ferocious wit and brilliance of Derrida s ways of thinking through writing. --Tom Conley, Harvard University"
"In putting Derrida together with book history, Fleming presents us with new versions of both... Cultural Graphology is a slim volume, but the horizons it opens up are dizzying. It not only retools the history of the book, but also reinvents it as an inquiry into something remarkable and urgent, which we have not yet understood."--Gill Partington"Times Literary Supplement" (03/17/2017)
"Fleming extends and fulfills Derrida's vision of a quasi-totalizing science of writing. Moving from grammatology to graphology, she shows how trace, mark, supplement, signature, and other terms figure in an open-ended project embracing poetry, cultural theory, book design, psychoanalysis, and media studies. On every page Cultural Graphology brings forward the ferocious wit and brilliance of Derrida's ways of thinking through writing."--Tom Conley, Harvard University

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