Earth, Milky Way: punctum books, 2017. 240 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-9985318-7-8. DOI: 10.21983/P3.0171.1.00. OPEN-ACCESS e-book + $22.00 in print: paperbound/5 X 8 in.

Going Postcard: The Letter(s) of Jacques Derrida

In 1980, Jacques Derrida published La carte postale: De Socrate à Freud et au-delà. At the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the English translation, Going Postcard: The Letter(s) of Jacques Derrida revisits this seminal work in Derrida’s oeuvre. Derrida himself described The Post Card in his preface as “the remainders of a destroyed correspondence,” stretching from 1977 to 1979. A cryptic text, it is riddled with gaps, word plays, and a meandering analysis of the interface between philosophy and psychoanalysis.

The contributors who offered the fourteen essays gathered in Going Postcard were each provided with a deceptively simple task: to write a gloss to a fragment from the first part of The Post Card, “Envois.” The result is a prismatic array of commentaries, excursions, and interpretations that take Derrida “to the letter.” The different glosses on lemmas such as genre, erasure, telepathy, philately, and sperm transport The Post Card into the twenty-first century and offer a “correspondence,” if fragmentary, with Derrida’s work and the work to come.


J. Hillis Miller – Glossing the Gloss of “Envois” in The Post Card

Michael Naas – Drawing Blanks

Rick Elmore – Troubling Lines: The Process of Address in Derrida’s The Post Card

Nicholas Royle – Postcard Telepathy

Wan-Chuan Kao – Post by a Thousand Cuts

Eszter Timár – Ateleia/Autoimmunity

Hannah Markley – Reading, Touching, Loving the “Envois”

Éamonn Dunne – Entre Nous

Zach Rivers – Derrida in Correspondances: A Telephonic Umbilicus

Kamillea Aghtan – Glossing Errors: Notes on Reading the “Envois” Noisily

Peggy Kamuf – Coming Unglued

James E. Burt – Running with Derrida

Julian Wolfreys – Perception–Framing–Love

Dragan Kujundzic – Envoiles. Post It.

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei – Postface

One thought on “Going Postcard: The Letter(s) of Jacques Derrida

  • I’m so happy to hear that this intriguing book will be released in this spring.
    I’m very thrilled with having an opportunity to read the profound reflections and critical comments of eminent Derridian scholars on The Post Card. I really want to get this book as soon as possible.
    Please, let me know when you will release this book onto the market.

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