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Title: J’accepte: Jacques Derrida’s Cryptic Love by Unsealed Writing
Authors: Krzykawski, Michał
Keywords: autobiography; love; crypt; secret; writing
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: AVANT, Vol. VIII, No. 2 (2017), s. 39-50
Abstract: This article focuses on the autobiographical ghost that dwells in “Envois” and the multiple ways he/she/it interferes in Derrida’s concept of écriture. Read through love letters sent as postcards with the image representing Socrates writing in front of Plato, Derrida’s writing, I argue, definitely becomes a cryptic writing (écriture cryptique) both in the sense of kryptô (Gr. coded) and secerno (Lat. set apart). I endeavor to show that “Envois”—largely autobiographical and entangled in his life events—is a harbinger of the secret that Derrida takes for a fundamental feature of democracy in his later works. And yet the secret is of his own, as he notes when writing “Envois”: “Nobody will never know what the secret I write along with is. And that I say this will not change anything” (Peeters, 2010, p. 367).
DOI: 10.26913/80202017.0112.0003
ISSN: 2082-6710
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