By Henry Sussman

ISBN-10: 082322466X

ISBN-13: 9780823224661

Today's critic has to be whatever of a thinker in addition to a poet. but her workremains specially that of the shut reader, and the emergence of the valuesembodied via the shut reader to face along these of the thinker andthe poet will be essentially the most major highbrow advancements to emergein the post-World battle II years.This publication analyzes the language poets, Deleuze and Guattari, and above allBenjamin and Derrida, to track some of the dimensions of the duty of the critic.It concludes with an important bankruptcy at the importance of Derrida's fresh workfor the conceptualization of faith, and with an Afterword studying therole of the Romantic discourse of the fragment within the archeology of all thesediscursive strands.The activity of the critic, now invited to go through the discourses ofphilosophy, poetry, and faith past that of shut interpreting, has neverbeen harder-nor have we ever been extra short of it.

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Close readers, whose fidelity to a text in question is final, nonetheless claim a freedom to situate their readings on the thresholds of different discursive registers: to wit, of ................. 29 And in the sense that their essays arise from contexts and motives that must be termed occasional, and to the degree that these writings repeatedly recur to certain authors and works that have been formative to their sensibilities, Maurice Blanchot and J. Hillis Miller perform, in vital respects, the role of critics.

I can give my whole life for another, I can offer my death to the other, but in doing this I will only be replacing or saving something partial in a particu- ................. 11311$ $CH1 04-26-05 13:50:19 PS PAGE 26 A Game of Registers 27 lar situation (there will be a nonexhaustive exchange or sacrifice, an economy of sacrifice). I know on absolute grounds and in an absolutely certain manner that I will never deliver the other from his death, from the death that affects his whole being. For these ideas concerning death are, as one well knows, motivated by Heidegger’s analysis of what he calls the Daseinsganzheit (the totality of the Dasein).

They amount to the human-generated tools or implements that facilitate the achievements of understanding and reason. It is not surprising, then, that in an enterprise tracing the highest achievements of, say, science, art, and social justice from their inbuilt human lineaments outward and upward, the hardware of logic should incorporate certain undeniably human features. 11311$ $CH1 04-26-05 13:50:16 PS PAGE 20 A Game of Registers 21 Kant, father of original genius, in this fashion anoints the speculative subject as a cyborg or bionic man or woman.

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