With the Compliments of the Author: Reflections on Austin and Derrida

  title={With the Compliments of the Author: Reflections on Austin and Derrida},
  author={Stanley Eugene Fish},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={693 - 721}
  • S. Fish
  • Published 1 July 1982
  • Art
  • Critical Inquiry
What follows is a carefully circumscribed and limited attempt to explicate for an Anglo-American audience the arguments of Derrida's "Signature Event Context" (Glyph I [1977]: 172-97) as they relate to the project begun by J. L. Austin in How to Do Things with Words (Oxford, 1962); all further references to these works, abbreviated "SEC" and HT, respectively, will be included in the text. It is also an attempt, as some of my readers will recognize, to assimilate the Derrida of this and related… 

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