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Few thinkers of the latter half of the twentieth century have so profoundly and radically transformed our understanding of writing and literature as Jacques Derrida (1930ǃÏ2004). Derridian deconstruction remains one of the most powerful intellectual movements of the present century, and DerridaǃÙs own innovative writings on literature and philosophy are crucially relevant for any understanding of the future of literature and literary criticism today. DerridaǃÙs own manner of writing is complex and challenging and has often been misrepresented or misunderstood. In this book, Leslie Hill provides an accessible introduction to DerridaǃÙs writings on literature which presupposes no prior knowledge of DerridaǃÙs work. He explores in detail DerridaǃÙs relationship to literary theory and criticism, and offers close readings of some of DerridaǃÙs best known essays. This introduction will help those coming to DerridaǃÙs work for the first time, and suggests further directions to take in studying this hugely influential thinker.

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