The Secrets of Paul de Man

Martin Mcquillan*

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Through an account of Derrida's late text on Paul de Man, ‘“Le Parjure”, Perhaps’, as a deliberately indiscrete confession, this essay considers the wider question of secrecy. It examines an unsuspected institutional history of deconstruction while suggesting a role for secrecy as the necessary condition of any critical reading. Along with De Man, the essay finally revisits the claim for ‘the radical secrecy of fiction’ as a basic structure of phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-157
Number of pages18
JournalTheory, Culture & Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2011


  • biography
  • De Man
  • deconstruction
  • Derrida
  • perjury
  • secrets


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