The Economics of Poetry

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Economic registers of the poetics of tobacco (GT 109-112) As a sumptuary product, i.e. luxurious – essentially wasteful, one could be tempted to think tobacco outside the economic cycle, resistance to this idea is possible in terms of several “registers” of the economic. The psycho-analytic The reason for smoking can correspond to an aim, which accomplishes […]

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Art as Gift

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Starting 26th January 2017, the Art & Theory Reading Group will meet once a month for four months, at Wollaton Street Studios, to discuss Jacques Derrida’s Given Time: 1. Counterfeit Money. Examining the implications for artistic practice of its ostensible theme of the gift, expressed in Derrida’s process of deconstruction and his “strict taste for […]

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 5. The Text Machine

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This text, then, is also the piece, perhaps a piece of counterfeit money, that is, a machine for provoking events Given Time, 96 Background An incorruptible taste for refinement, paradox, and aporia Jacques Derrida’s Given Time is a work which explores its central theme of the gift in terms of the impossible thinking of the […]

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 4. Crossing the Border

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Part and Whole (GT, 94-95) In Derrida’s analysis of Counterfeit Money, as a short story within the collection Le Spleen de Paris, the larger is constantly overrun by the smaller. The borders that frame the story, the title and the dedication, exceed the borders, which, by convention, they create. The dedication encompasses the whole of […]

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 3. The Dedication

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A topological analysis (GT, pp. 87-88) Baudelaire’s Counterfeit Money was published as part of Le Spleen de Paris in 1855. Derrida uses the book’s spatiality, its topos to analyse the book’s dedication, one of the borders that, along with the title, one must cross before arriving at the short story, Counterfeit Money. The written dedication, in […]

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 2. The Title

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Derrida’s analysis of the title of Baudelaire’s Counterfeit Money (pp. 84-87) The title says: “since I say so many things at once, since I appear to title this even as I title that at the same time, since I feign reference and since, insofar as it is fictive, my reference is not an authentic, legitimate […]

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 1. Introduction

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Jacques Derrida’s Given Time: 1. Counterfeit Money is structured over four chapters. Chapters one and two consider the gift. Chapters three and four are organised around interpreting Baudelaire’s short tale Counterfeit Money. Derrida describes the 84 pages leading up to this analysis, as “a long introduction, with many detours.” (85) Even then he still takes his […]

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