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Jacques Derrida is probably the most famous European philosopher alive today. The University of Nebraska Press makes available for the first English translation of his most important work to date, Glas. Its appearance will assist Derrida's readers pro and con in coming to terms with a complex and controversial book. Glas extensively reworks the problems of reading and writ ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by University of Nebraska Press (first published September 27th 1974)
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Nov 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Well, some of the sponge/Ponge riffing is pretty cool, but I can't help feeling that reading Derrida here (as in many other texts) is the equivalent of being forced to watch him masturbate while he's watching porn--a video of himself masturbating. Sorry Good People of Theory Town.
Alex Obrigewitsch
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thus book shatters your concepts of book, text and reading when you open it and begin. For there is no beginning as there is no end. Its margins roll on and off beyond the pages and sew/cut into the fabric of our very lives.
I cannot begin commenting on Glas. I would never end. In a sense all I ever write is a reflection, a resonance of the knell, the bell, the ringing that shatters so softly, that is Glas.
Travis Grotewold
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The most difficult thing I've ever read. If insight were a loaf of bread, Derrida snatches each intently torn morsel out of my mouth before I have time to chew and swallow.

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Tyler Fontenot
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book that started it all
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May 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
While some may consider this book a little abstract, Derrida's glosses of Genet and Hegel are filled with poetry. My advice in reading this book is to enjoy the way that Derrida deconstructs the notion of a book and not to worry too much about making sense of everything.
Ally McCulloch
Aug 15, 2011 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Ally by: Prof. Geoffrey Bennington
This seems challenging, but I'd like to attempt it at one point.
4/5/12 - "Glas"sary lol. Will refer to it if I need to.
Feb 21, 2009 added it
Takes you some interesting places in your head. And if you allow it, this way of seeing and expressing and re-seeing can spread into other areas of your creative life.
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all I read is difficult literature and critical theory - and this was still incomprehensible to me
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Gorgeous typesetting, wish I had the HC...
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Jacques Derrida was the founder of “deconstruction,” a way of criticizing not only both literary and philosophical texts but also political institutions. Although Derrida at times expressed regret concerning the fate of the word “deconstruction,” its popularity indicates the wide-ranging influence of his thought, in philosophy, in literary criticism and theory, in art and, in particular, architect ...more
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