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Copy, Archive, Signature: A Conversation on Photography
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2010
This book is a translation of a conversation between Derrida and two German theorists that transpired in 1992. The interchange itself is about 14000 words, very short. The book also contains a brief introduction and some notes with interesting bibliographic references. Derrida's questioners are smart and interesting, but this is fairly staccato, incomplete, and interrupted exchange. Still, the book makes a little clearer some of the muddled relations of deconstruction and photography found in "Right of inspection" (1989) and scattered in his writing. I wish we had more and better on this topic. I think you must be interested a great deal in this application of deconstruction to be willing to buy such an incomplete and slim volume. Still, as my title suggests, there are moments of great excitement here even if this work does not bring its various promises to fruition.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2011
It's a pity! This interview is so fragmented by the waywardness of the interviewers that Derrida does not get the chance to elaborate on any of the topics posed to him. Almost nothing is said about the "archive", and photography is barely adressed as such. The "copy" topic is buffeted this way and that rather whimsically by the interviewers themselves, and barely nothing comes out of it. Though the text is labeled as an "interview", it feels more like a random "after dinner" conversation. Nice as such, but not quite anything. I guess Derrida must have been an awesome dinner companion, and in this book the reader may have a faint glimpse at his candid and generous enthusiasm, but even this is spoiled by the interviewers' desperate desire to stand out. I recommend this book only to those exhaustive Derrida scholars who must have every book featuring Derrida! Now I know there is a limit...
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