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March 12, 2006

what the heck is an exergue?

Derrida argues that Nietzsche borrowed his fame in advance (took on a debt) by extending credit to his name. He argues the unfixability of the date of the signing of this loan despite the fact that Nietzsche did date and sign "an outwork, an hors d'oeuvre,, an exergue or a flysheet whose topos, like (its) temporality, strangely dislocates the very thing that we, with our untroubled assurance, would like to think of as the time of life and the time of life's récit, of the writing of life by the living – in short, the time of autobiography” (11).

The whole passage puts in mind of that song about the Cherokee: Indian Reservation.

Posted by Steph at March 12, 2006 1:23 PM


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