This text contests the notion that what Jacques Derrida does can be turned into a theory for literary interpretation. It also questions the idea that there is a critical methodology called deconstruction which can be applied to literary texts in a programmatic fashion. In this introductory study to the work of Jacques Derrida, Julian Wolfreys introduces the reader to a range of Derrida's interests and concerns, while offering readings, informed by Derrida's thought, of canonical and less well known literary works.
JULIAN WOLFREYS is Associate Professor in the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville. He is the author of Being English: Narratives, Idioms and Performances of National Identity from Coleridge to Trollope and The Rhetoric of Affirmative Resistances: Dissonant Identities from Carroll to Derrida (also published by Macmillan). He has recently completed a study of representations of London.