Second-hand Derrida

5 Jun

They say plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. You’d be forgiven for thinking someone by the name of Jacques wrote the following:

“It may yet be possible to imagine a post-colonial writing that acknowledges the ethical demand of the other’s alterity, a writing that opens itself both to the home and to the other, the home as other, writing perhaps that anticipates the other’s arrival without naming the other in advance, an other-travel-writing, writing of travel to come. But not yet.”

Painful stuff, I know. In a single paragraph, we manage to get a bit of Kristeva, Derrida, Bhabha, Lacan, Freud…But not much worth remembering.

From John Phillips, “Lagging Behind: Bhabha, Post-colonial Theory and the Future,” in Travel Writing and Empire: Postcolonial Theory in Transit, ed. Steve Clark, London and NY: Zed Books, 1999. 80, 63-80.


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