Category Archives: Narrative

A Terrible Scene of Friendship

The enigma of the text (152-156) Whether or not the friend gave the beggar a counterfeit coin is the interest, the enigma of Baudelaire’s Counterfeit Money, and as such is indecipherable and resistant to interpretation. This is the secret of … 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 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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