Category Archives: Baudelaire

The End

Baudelaire’s gift (170-172) Derrida ends Given Time, signalling the unknowability of the secret of what either Baudelaire, the narrator or the friend meant to say or do, in Counterfeit Money, through his repeated use of “perhaps,” as the condition under … Continue reading

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The Judgment of Nature

Confessing an infinite debt (164-170) Derrida now focuses on the narrator’s refusal to give forgiveness to his friend, for doing “evil out of stupidity,” asking what does the narrator mean by such words? (165) The friend is not condemned for … Continue reading

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The Credit of Literature

The relationship between the narrator and the friend is uncertain, questionable, did the friend truly give counterfeit money or did he lie to his friend in a false confession? As Derrida says we will never know the answer to this … Continue reading

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The Law of Alms

The demand of the beggar is the demand of the gods (137-142) “Generosity is an obligation because Nemesis avenges the poor and the gods for the superabundance of happiness and wealth of certain people.” (Mauss, 18) The beggar signifies the … Continue reading

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What is unforgiven in Counterfeit Money?

Betrayal and the Failure to Give (GT, 116-120) Baudelaire’s Counterfeit Money, overview The story is a first person account, in which the narrator and his friend encounter a beggar, to whom the friend gives a two-franc coin, before confessing, to … Continue reading

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Why Counterfeit Money is a story of tobacco

A risky promenade (GT, 114-115) Derrida characterises his approach to Counterfeit Money, and his numerous digressions leading up to the final chapter, as a “risky promenade,” one which reflects the journey of the two friends in Baudelaire’s story.(114) He then … Continue reading

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What is Tobacco?

a dissemination that destines the text to depart in ashes or go up in smoke (GT, 102) The place from which Counterfeit Money, as a scene of gift and counterfeit money, departs, is a tobacco shop, a sign of the … Continue reading

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What is Given in Baudelaire’s Counterfeit Money?

Derrida’s concepts of “text” and “trace” (GT, 99-102) Towards the conclusion of chapter 3 of Given Time, Derrida, after many detours, approaches the text of Counterfeit Money, asking “how is the question of the gift and the dative posed in … Continue reading

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 4. Crossing the Border

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 … Continue reading

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 3. The Dedication

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, … Continue reading

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 2. The Title

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 … Continue reading

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Reading Counterfeit Money: 1. Introduction

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 … Continue reading

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