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Ospitalitatea (con)textuală în deconstrucţie
(Con)Textual Hospitality in Deconstruction

Author(s): Arleen Ionescu
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Universitatea Petrol-Gaze din Ploieşti
Keywords: Hospitality; text; context; deconstruction; reading

Summary/Abstract: The article attempts to analyse the relation between deconstruction and metaphysics through the notion of hospitality. Starting from Hillis Miller’s essay on “The Critic as Host”, in which the critic refers to M. H. Abrams’ s /Wayne Booth’s assertions that the “deconstructionist” reading of a given work “is plainly and simply parasitical” on “the obvious or univocal reading”, the article takes into account different hosts and guests on the threshold of the text. If we are to consider deconstruction as a parasite for whom, in Derrida’s famous but famously misunderstood formula, “there is nothing outside the text”, it sustains itself on the hope for something always to come, beyond the normatized laws of a delimiting threshold for hospitality which inscribes the context as parasitical outsider and the text as lawful insider.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 67-74
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English