N. B. Earl’s responses are in Green

Date: 10/17/98 12:43:14 AM Pacific Daylight Time

M. Riddle (M)
Earl Jackson, Jr.

Hello, first I would like to ask a couple of questions [of my own] before I feign an answer to another question [of yours].


(I number these because several have occurred since my experience began within this class) Where would I look for a further introduction to jouissance ? I read Barthes’s Pleasure of the Text. I enjoyed it but still feel that much of it is subliminally residing.


I have compiled and revamped some earlier online exchanges about Barthes, and revisited some resources. These are now all available here on our site. Here are the urls:

  • Barthes on jouissance

  • http://www.anotherscene.com/suspense/net1/jouir.html

  • Barthes on Myth
  • A Conversation Continues

  • http://www.anotherscene.com/suspense/net1/con.html

  • A Conversation Continues Further

  • http://www.anotherscene.com/suspense/net1/vera.htm

  • Another Contribution
  • Want
  • Review

more/less soon/later


What by Derrida would you recommend? I am only familiar with

his writing by discussion second-hand.

I am rather old-fashioned, and therefore have a partiality to the older works. In particular:
Of Grammatology


favorite is his monograph on Edmund Husserl’s theory of signs.

Writing and Difference perhaps Derrida’s most accessible collection of essays. See in particular „The Mystic Writing Pad“ and the one on structuralism in the human sciences.

His debate with Searle in two issues of Glyph collected under the title, Limited, Inc.

But turn your attention to semiotics, particular the tradition begining with Charles Sanders Peirce through Umberto Eco and Teresa de Lauretis. I think you’ll be amazed at what all that opens up to you.


Is Tom Ripley an anti-hero? It would not be difficult to read Highsmith as having a great deal of disdain for women, though I respect an author’s experimentation on the „shadow-side“ of life.

[?? Non sequitur]

Without that type of catharsis, perhaps the prison system would be the US’s 2nd fastest growing „industry.“ .

[It is.]

I understand

Tom Ripley in many ways, but identifying with him because the alternatives seem paltry in comparison seems too confining to me.

In terms of class, perhaps Tom Ripley is a revolutionary, yet

the letters from Marge make me pause and count not only victims, but also each violation [Of what?].

I am

curious to know what you (Earl Jackson(tomrip5) might think about this.

I have more questions, but I suppose there is more time for that later.

Index to Net 1
Barthes on Myth
Barthes on jouissance
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