Derrida Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts
Are your students baffled by Baudrillard? Dazed by Deleuze? Confused by Kristeva? Other beginners' guides can feel as impenetrable as the original texts to students who 'think in images'. "Contemporary Thinkers Reframed" instead uses the language of the arts to explore the usefulness in practice of complex ideas. Short, contemporary and accessible, these lively books utilise actual examples of artworks, films, television shows, works of architecture, fashion and even computer games to explain and explore the work of the most commonly taught thinkers. Conceived specifically for the visually minded, the series will prove invaluable to students right across the visual arts.'Deconstruction' is touted in every visual area from architecture to fashion, yet few really understand what Derrida's notorious concept means, much less his elusive idea of 'differance'. In fact Derrida's work can seem almost impenetrable.
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I read this book for research on the Heidegger-Schapiro confrontation. The text strikes me as somewhat erratic and strangely organized. For example, I found myself at times puzzled by the author's inclination to discuss one topic in moderate detail only to move, in the next paragraph, to an entirely peripheral matter that argumentatively had little to do with the immediately preceding thoughts and discussion. I do think that this text can help one make sense of 'The Truth in Painting', but my ultimate verdict is that this text would have benefited from closer attention and perhaps more time. Overall it feels a bit rushed and helter-skelter, and, quite honestly, I imagine this text to be remarkably confusing and assumptive for a student with more knowledge of art than philosophy. Background: I am a graduate student in philosophy and my undergraduate diplomas are in philosophy, english, and psychology.