The Bible and Critical Theory, Vol 4, No 2 (2008)

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‘My Business is Circumference’: A Meditation on Scission, Locution, Confession

Hilary Emmett


This essay offers a speculative account of the metaphor of circumcision in Jacques Derrida’s autobiographical writing. I draw upon Elaine Scarry and Nancy Jay in addition to psychoanalytic readers of the Hebrew Bible (Julia Reinhard Lupton, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Lacan) in order first to explore the meaning of circumcision in its Biblical context before bringing this significance to bear on Derrida’s work.

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Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391