Between the She-Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood: The Figure of the Girl in Derrida's The Beast and The Sovereign
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Derrida Today 4 (2):257-280 (2011)
This essay explores the important role played by the figure of the virgin girl at the centre of The Beast and The Sovereign. Derrida hints that she may offer a figure between the beast and the sovereign, between the two marionettes of Nature and Culture. Moreover, it seems that she is both what props up the fabled distinction between man and animal and at the same time that upon which man erects himself as sovereign lord and master. Taking Derrida's suggestions further, I argue that the virgin girl both does and undoes sovereign power as phallic power. She is the figure behind the erection of sovereignty. Indeed, her appearance is both necessary and threatening insofar as she both erects sovereign phallic power and threatens to reveal its impotence. In this way, the girl operates between feminine and masculine, between Nature and Culture, between the beast and the sovereign, particularly as her virginity and its deflowering are essential to the cut between the two sides of these traditional binaries. Finally, her appearance is telling in relation to the movements and rhythms of Derrida's deconstructive approach to philosophy and literature in this seminar and in his work more generally.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Jacques Derrida (1998). Of Grammatology. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Jacques Derrida (2007). Psyche: Inventions of the Other. Stanford University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
Thomas Dutoit (2012). Kant's Retreat, Hugo's Advance, Freud's Erection; or, Derrida's Displacements in His Death Penalty Lectures. Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (s1):107-135.
Similar books and articles
Alexander García Düttmann (2011). The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume 1, by Jacques Derrida. European Journal of Philosophy 19 (1):158-160.
Kelly Oliver (2012). See Topsy “Ride the Lightning”: The Scopic Machinery of Death. Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (s1):74-94.
David Wills (2010). Review of Jacques Derrida, The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume 1. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (4).
Kas Saghafi (2010). Apparitions--Of Derrida's Other. Fordham University Press.
Cecile Voisset-Veysseyre (2011). The Wolf Motif in the Hobbesian Text. Hobbes Studies 23 (2):124-138.
Hannes Gerhardt (2011). Giorgio Agamben's Lessons and Limitations in Confronting the Problem of Genocide. Journal of Global Ethics 7 (1):5 - 17.
Wendy Brown (2009). Sovereign Hesitations. In Pheng Cheah & Suzanne Guerlac (eds.), Derrida and the Time of the Political. Duke University Press.
Michael Naas (2006). "One Nation … Indivisible": Jacques Derrida on the Autoimmunity of Democracy and the Sovereignty of God. Research in Phenomenology 36 (1):15-44.
Geoffrey Bennington (2009). Sovereign Stupidity and Autoimmunity. In Pheng Cheah & Suzanne Guerlac (eds.), Derrida and the Time of the Political. Duke University Press.
Michael Allen Gillespie (2007). Sovereign States and Sovereign Individuals : The Question of Political Theory. In Richard L. Velkley (ed.), Freedom and the Human Person. Catholic University of America Press.
Jeremy Anderson (2003). The Role of Education in Political Stability. Hobbes Studies 16 (1):95-104.
Don Mayer (1992). Sovereign Immunity and the Moral Community. Business Ethics Quarterly 2 (4):411-434.
Odette Lienau, Who is the Sovereign in Sovereign Debt? Reinterpreting a Rule-of-Law Framework From the Early Twentieth Century.
Matthias Fritsch (2012). Derrida on the Death Penalty. Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (s1):56-73.
Added to index2011-11-19
Total downloads10 ( #171,573 of 1,692,645 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #182,248 of 1,692,645 )
How can I increase my downloads?