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Poststructuralism and PostcolonialityThe Anxiety of Theory$
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Jane Hiddleston

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312304

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316166

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Derrida in Exile: Philosophy, Postcolonialism and the Call for a Singular Universalism

Derrida in Exile: Philosophy, Postcolonialism and the Call for a Singular Universalism

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(p.21) Chapter 1 Derrida in Exile: Philosophy, Postcolonialism and the Call for a Singular Universalism
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Poststructuralism and Postcoloniality
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316166.002

This chapter presents a reading of two works in which Jacques Derrida writes about colonialism in Algeria, and in which he interweaves the philosophical excavation of colonialism in language with reflections on both the specific situation of Algerian Jews under Vichy and the writing persona's singular response to colonial power. ‘Circonfession’ and Le Monolinguisme de l'autre raise the question of how to theorise postcoloniality by moving ambivalently between a conceptual critique of the mastery of any language – a denunciation specifically of the French treatment of Algerian Jews – and attention to an irreducible singularity that resists any determinism or clear, specified exposition.

Keywords:   Algeria, colonialism in language, Algerian Jews, Circonfession, Monolinguisme de l'autre, postcoloniality

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