by Nicholas Royle
Nicely formed analysis of a very significant and tricky figure. It provides an effective introduction to Derrida’s life, writings and legacy, and does so by uniquely presenting some of the more striking elements of his appraoch. Royle makes use of fluid and at points impressionist writint, drawing attention to aspects like Derrida’s use of humor as a technique and his professed inability to write analysis of Beckett. The volume is far more than the usual general survey, and is a significant work of theory in its own account. Brilliant, amusing, interesting and thought-provoking, this book is everything that it should be.
Better than: Shattered Pasts by Konrad Jarausch
Worse than: Gender Trouble by Judith Butler