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THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

13 SCHOLARS, CRITICS, WRITERS, AND ARTISTS CHOOSE THE YEAR’S OUTSTANDING TITLES.

BRIGID DOHERTY

I turned to Psyche: Inventions of the Other, Volume I (edited by Peggy Kamuf and Elizabeth Rottenberg; Stanford University Press) in connection with my attempts to look differently at what is made of thinking (and writing) in the art of Hanne Darboven, whose work has often been regarded (to my mind erroneously, or mostly erroneously) as an instance of “Conceptual art.” Psyche—which comprises translations of the first sixteen essays from a volume of Jacques Derrida’s writing that originally appeared in French in 1987—opens with the philosopher’s eponymous essay from 1984, which takes up the poet Francis Ponge’s 1948 “Fable” in relation to the work of literary critic Paul de Man (alongside Derrida’s memories and memorializations of de Man, who died in 1983) and provides a series of lucid

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