Category Archives: Given Time

The Luck of the Gift

The Unconditionality of the Gift and the Event (123) The event…the unique, the one-off, happening now and never to be repeated. Both the gift and the event must be unforeseeable and must be structured by the aleatory the “chancy,” apprehended … Continue reading

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The Narrative Structure of Counterfeit Money 2

What happens in the story happens to the narration (122) Derrida says that the effect of Counterfeit Money is that of an event that has taken place. This event is not the content of the story, that which the narrative … Continue reading

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The Narrative Structure of Counterfeit Money 1

The economic cycle of confession and unforgiveness (121) There is a structure of narrative relation between the friend and the narrator in Counterfeit Money. This is expressed in what the friend recounts to the narrator, “it was the counterfeit coin,” … 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: 5. The Text Machine

This text, then, is also the piece, perhaps a piece of counterfeit money, that is, a machine for provoking events Given Time, 96 Background An incorruptible taste for refinement, paradox, and aporia Jacques Derrida’s Given Time is a work which … 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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The Fold of Language

The Relationship Between Language and the Gift (GT, 79-81) Derrida says any definition of language is informed by a certain relationship to the gift being there in advance, it is a relationship that obliges us to think the gift. We … Continue reading

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The Title of the Gift

Following his critique of Lévi-Strauss’s analysis of Marcel Mauss’s The Gift, Jacques Derrida, in Given Time (pp. 78-81), goes on to detail a further structuralist response to Mauss’s account of gift and exchange rituals in archaic societies. That of Émile … Continue reading

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Hau: a structuralist critique

Claude Lévi-Strauss, in his Introduction to the Work of Marcel Mauss (1950), critiques Mauss’s notion of hau. This is the mysterious force in the gift, given in the property-exchange rituals of archaic societies, which demands its return at a later … Continue reading

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