Laurence Simmons is Head of the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at The University of Auckland. He is the co-editor of Derrida Downunder (2001), Baudrillard West of the Dateline (2003) and From Z to A: Zizek at the Antipodes (2005) and published a book on Freud’s papers on art and aesthetics and his relationship with Italy entitled Freud’s Italian Journey in 2006. His latest book, Tuhituhi (2011), is on the painter William Hodges who journeyed with Captain James Cook on his second voyage to the South Pacific.
- "Plagiarism is not the machine-like repetition of a work or event understood in terms of a pure singularity, but rather something like the condition of every work."
- "However, deconstruction is itself ‘plagiaristic’: Derrida insists that deconstruction is not a method for repeating the propositions of an original in the voice and spirit of the original; rather, it encourages the potentialities of that supposedly first and originating text to create its own copy or double."
- "The event names something that changes the notion of truth-as-masterable."
- "Derrida’s event, événement, comes from the Latin evenire, ‘to come out from’."
- "Indeed, in Glas we might say that Derrida has elevated plagiarism to the level of originality and has shown that writing is always and inevitably quoting."
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- "Indeed, I could be outrageous (and why not be outrageous!)"
- "It, and therefore all writing, is the reduction of an idea: a truth, the notion of serious linguistic usage, the ‘right way to think’, my ‘real’ intention."
- "Elsewhere, he noted that in French ‘[t]he word “contre”, counter or against, can equally and at the same time mark both opposition, contrariety, contradiction and proximity, near-contact [….] The word ‘contre’ possesses these two inseparable meanings […]’."
- "The idea of a counter- institution, neither spontaneous, wild nor immediate, is the most permanent motif that, in a way, has guided me in my work."