"Il n'y a pas de hors-texte": once more

Deutscher, Max (2014) "Il n'y a pas de hors-texte": once more. Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, 18 2: 98-124. doi:10.5840/symposium201418220

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Author Deutscher, Max
Title "Il n'y a pas de hors-texte": once more
Formatted title
“Il n’y a pas de hors-texte”—once more
Journal name Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy
ISSN 1917-9685
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5840/symposium201418220
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 98
End page 124
Total pages 27
Place of publication Calgary, AB, Canada
Publisher Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Spivak translates Derrida’s “il n’y a pas de hors-texte” as “there is nothing outside the text.” By considering how the aphorism works within his study of Rousseau on sexual and textual supplements, and by reviewing related expressions in French, a mistranslation is revealed. This is not a simple error, however. The distortion is generated by Derrida’s own broader context. We must not only distinguish signification from reference but also place the aphorism within Derrida's allusion, in the first part of Of Grammatology, to an all-embracing arche-writing. The paper ends in thus opening out the discussion of a textual “inside” or “outside.”
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue on Australasian Continental Philosophy

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