Acts of Literature

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Acts of Literature
Acts of Literature.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Jacques Derrida
Subject Literature
Published 1991
Media type Print
Pages 472

Acts of Literature is a 1991 philosophical and literary book based on essays by Jacques Derrida. This 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.


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).[citation needed]



  • 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