Derrida and Hospitality: Theory and Practice by Judith Still

By Judith Still

Winner of the R. H. Gapper e-book Prize 2011. Judith nonetheless units Derrida's paintings in a sequence of contexts together with the socio-political heritage of France, in particular with regards to Algeria, and his courting to different writers, most significantly Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray and Emmanuel Levinas - key thinkers of hospitality. nonetheless additionally follows the thread of sexual distinction in Derrida's writing to be able to make clear his exploration of the advanced and gentle, unusual but frequent, political and moral dilemmas of ways to be these most unlikely issues, an outstanding host and an outstanding guest.Hospitality is seriously very important in Derrida's writings, and his insights during this were influential throughout quite a number disciplines from geography, politics and sociology to literary experiences and philosophy. It features as a manner of either considering kinfolk among members, and analysing the neighborhood or state's frequently inhospitable reception of outsiders, corresponding to refugees or migrants.

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This is important not only because hospitality can be used as a model for the experience of reading and writing, but also because discourses about hospitality (political or personal) often refer to the text of the past. Derrida’s readings (and he stands out as a philosopher whose writings are almost always explicitly readings) have sometimes been read as violent and intrusive or sneaky and illegitimate. However, I would argue that, like Cixous and Irigaray, he typically reads others, whom he respects, in order to expand generously on what is always already there.

Paris: Galilée, 1997), pp. 42–3. indd 43 03/11/2010 14:49 Derrida and hospitality 15. Jacques Derrida, Given Time. I, Counterfeit Money, translated by Peggy Kamuf (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1992); Jacques Derrida, Donner le temps. I, La fausse monnaie (Paris: Galilée, 1991). 16. Sara Ahmed, Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality (London and New York: Routledge, 2000), p. 151.

Indd 24 03/11/2010 14:49 Introduction to the question of hospitality openness is a particular kind of hospitality in Derrida’s terms. ’ (‘La Venue à l’écriture’, 12)). While Cixous’s body is named feminine with all the contradictions that supposes, it also has qualities related to ethnicity or to the lack of a national identity, and her work has considerable relevance to hospitality in relation to cultural or national difference. Cixous and Irigaray both experience exile and (in)hospitality in different ways.

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