Derrida and Joyce

Texts and Contexts

Edited by Andrew J. Mitchell & Sam Slote

Subjects: Comparative Literature, Post Structuralism, Literary Criticism, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy Of Literature
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary French Thought
Paperback : 9781438446387, 332 pages, January 2014
Hardcover : 9781438446394, 332 pages, May 2013

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Table of contents

List of Photographs
Key to Abbreviations
Note on the Translations
Introduction: Derrida and Joyce: On Totality and Equivocation
Andrew J. Mitchell and Sam Slote
Part I. Texts by Jacques Derrida
Ulysses Gramophone: Two Words for Joyce

Yes, Laughter translated by François Raffoul
Circumstances translated by François Raffoul
Two Words for Joyce translated by Geoffrey Bennington
Ulysses Gramophone: Hear Say Yes in Joyce translated by François Raffoul
The Night Watch
translated by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas
Part II. Returns
1. Joyce—Event—Derrida—Event—Joyce
Jed Deppman
2. Joyce’s Resonance in Glas
Sam Slote
3. Meaning Postponed: The Post Card and Finnegans Wake
Andrew J. Mitchell
4. The Mother, of All the Phantasms…
Michael Naas

5. Matricidal Writing: Philosophy’s Endgame
Christine van Boheemen-Saaf

Part III. Departures
6. Sero-Positives: Belatedness and Affirmation in Joyce, Cixous, and Derrida
Laurent Milesi

7. JJ, JD, TV
Louis Armand
8. “mememormee”: Notes on Derrida’s Re-Markings of Desire and Memory in Joyce
Alan Roughley
9. Of Chrematology: Joyce and Money
Simon Critchley and Tom McCarthy
Part IV. Recollections
10. Signature/Countersignature: Derrida’s Response to Ulysses
Derek Attridge
11. Two Joyces for Derrida
Jean-Michel Rabaté
Selection of Photographs

All of Derrida’s texts on Joyce together under one cover in fresh, new translations, along with key essays covering the range of Derrida’s engagement with Joyce’s works.


Bringing together all of Jacques Derrida's writings on James Joyce, this volume includes the first complete translation of his book Ulysses Gramophone: Two Words for Joyce as well as the first translation of the essay "The Night Watch." In Ulysses Gramophone, Derrida provides some of his most thorough reflections on affirmation and the "yes," the signature, and the role of technological mediation in all of these areas. In "The Night Watch," Derrida pursues his ruminations on writing in an explicitly feminist direction, offering profound observations on the connection between writing and matricide. Accompanying these texts are nine essays by leading scholars from across the humanities addressing Derrida's treatments of Joyce throughout his work, and two remembrances of lectures devoted to Joyce that Derrida gave in 1982 and 1984. The volume concludes with photographs of Derrida from these two events.

Andrew J. Mitchell is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. He is the author of Heidegger Among the Sculptors: Body, Space, and the Art of Dwelling. Sam Slote is Assistant Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of The Silence in Progress of Dante, Mallarmé and Joyce and coeditor (with Luca Crispi) of How Joyce Wrote Finnegans Wake: A Chapter-by-Chapter Genetic Guide.