Acts of Literature

Acts of Literature is a 1991 philosophical and literary book based on essays by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida. The book is the first collection of Derrida's essays on Western-culture literary texts. Derek Attridge edited the book in close association with Derrida himself.

Acts of Literature
Cover of the first edition
AuthorJacques Derrida
Media typePrint


Derrida discusses authors such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Stéphane Mallarmé, James Joyce, William Shakespeare, and Franz Kafka.


A part highly cited by scholars is the chapter dedicated to James Joyce: ‘Ulysses’ Gramophone: Hear Say Yes In Joyce. (pp. 253–309).


  • 1st edition published by Routledge, November 20, 1991. ISBN 978-0-415-90057-7.


    • Review by Nick Groom (1995) The Modern Language Review, Vol. 90, No. 3 (Jul., 1995), pp. 726–728 doi:10.2307/3734331
    • Review by Wheeler, Kathleen M. Journal of European Studies, September, 1993
    • Burns, Christy (1999) Joyce's significance for Derrida Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Fall 1999
    • Roughley, ALAN (1999) Reading Derrida Reading Joyce (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1999), p. 176
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