Without Grace (a working title)

Connors, Clare (2015) Without Grace (a working title). Oxford Literary Review, 37 (2). pp. 197-216. ISSN 0305-1498

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This essay takes up Derrida’s discussion in ‘Force and Signification’ of reading and writing as a ‘strange labour of conversion and adventure in which grace can only be absent [l’absente]’. It focuses on the ideas of work, the oeuvre, labour and travail in Derrida and Cixous, and in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace. And it pursues the thinking of a work other than that fetishized by conservative ideologues, and links this to the work of fiction, and of the novel. While it eschews any theological debate about the relationship between grace and works, some space is left open here for the advent of grace, the absent one.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cixous,coetzee,deconstruction,de man,derrida,disgrace,grace,narrative voice,work
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Modern and Contemporary Writing Research Group
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Creative-Critical Research Group
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 01:11
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/56145
DOI: 10.3366/olr.2015.0164


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