This article aligns moments from three of Derrida’s seminars and seeks to characterize the signature gesture of his teaching, which may be described as putting his teaching body, or corps enseignant, on an indivisible line supposed to divide mortal bodies from the bodies of institutions. It is a gesture that puts before us and on the line the mortal face of the “glorious body” sublated by philosophy and its teaching.
Teaching to Live, Finally
Peggy Kamuf is professor emerita of French and comparative literature at the University of Southern California. She has been a member of the French editorial team for Derrida’s seminars since its inception and is codirector of the Seminars of Jacques Derrida series at the University of Chicago Press. Since 2008, she has also directed the Derrida Seminars Translation Project. With Pascale-Anne Brault she coedited La vie la mort (2019) for the Bibliothèque Derrida series at the Éditions du Seuil, and they are also coediting the 1994–1996 seminars on hospitality for the same series. Her most recent book is Literature and the Remains of the Death Penalty (2019).
Peggy Kamuf; Teaching to Live, Finally. Poetics Today 1 March 2021; 42 (1): 9–21. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/03335372-8752587
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