Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Liviandades I

La sección “Notas y Comentarios” de The New Criterion informa acerca de la publicación de un nuevo libro sobre Jacques Derrida, cuyo título (cuesta creerlo) no es irónico ni sarcástico: Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint, de la feminista francesa y postestructuralista Hélène Cixous. Lo hacen de este modo: “Is there someone with a wicked sense of humor at Columbia University Press? We had to wonder when one of their new titles crossed our desk. This is a work of homage, or hagiography, a short book, but potent. Perhaps the single most emetic exercise in academic sentimentality we have ever encountered. Consider this passage from the prefatory Author’s Note:

But how to paint or sketch such a genius at substitution? One must, one can only catch him, portray him in flight, live, even as he slips away from us. In these sketches we shall catch glimpses of the book’s young hero rushing past from East to West, … in appearance both familiar and mythical: here he is for a start sporting the cap of Jackie Derrida Koogan, as Kid, I translate: lamb-child, the sacrificed, the Jewish baby destined to the renowned Circumcision scene. They steal his foreskin for the wedding with God, in those days he was too young to sign, he could only bleed. This is the origin of the immense theme that runs through his work, behind the words signature, countersignature, breast [sein], seing (contract signed but not countersigned), saint—cutting, stitching—indecisions … Let us continue.

Let’s not.
This is one of those books that should come with its own air-sickness bag”.

S. D.

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