From the September/October, 2010 issue of Touchstone
Disconnected by Micah Mattix

Disconnected

The Devil Reads Derrida, and Other Essays On the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts
by James K. A. Smith
Eerdmans, 2009
(163 pages, $18.00, paperback)

reviewed by Micah Mattix

I was unsure, at first, whether I wanted to read, much less review, James K. A. Smith’s collection of essays, The Devil Reads Derrida. It is not that I have something against Derrida. Smith rightly argues elsewhere that figures such as Derrida and Foucault are neither devils nor saints, and are often misunderstood. But to be honest, I am beginning to tire of references to them in books of theology. In English studies, Derrida has been out of fashion for more than a decade now, and I am hoping . . .


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