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‘Derrida Reframed’ Translated in Persian

‘Derrida Reframed’ Translated in Persian‘Derrida Reframed’ Translated in Persian

A guidebook for arts students written by Kevin Malcolm Richards, 51, assistant professor of History of Art at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, US, is now available in Persian.

First published in 2008, the book is titled ‘Derrida Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts.’ It explains the key concepts of French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) who is best known for forming a semiotic analysis called ‘Deconstruction,’ which he developed in the context of phenomenology (the science of phenomena as distinct from that of the nature of being), according to the website of Iranian Academy of Arts (

“Deconstruction is touted in every visual area from architecture to fashion, yet few really understand what Derrida’s notorious concept means, much less his elusive idea of ‘difference’. In fact Derrida’s work can seem almost impenetrable,” says the blurb of the book.

The book has been translated into Persian by Farzad Jaber al Ansar and released by Matn Institute, affiliated to Iranian Academy of Arts. It has 10 chapters in 230 pages.

Among his numerous translations in philosophy, Jaber al Ansar has translated another book on phenomenology titled ‘The Theory of Intuition in (German philosopher) Husserl’s Phenomenology ‘ written by French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995).

The art guidebook explains Derrida’s key concepts through examples from across the whole spectrum of the arts, looking at the work of architects such as Swiss Bernard Tschumi, 73, and Polish Daniel Libeskind, 70, and fashion designers such as Belgian Ann Demeulemeister, 57.

The book also reviews the work of artists as varied as American painter, print-maker and installation artist Kara Walker, 47, British painter, sculptor, photographer and filmmaker Yinka Shonibare, 54, British sculptor Rachel Whiteread, 53, and Canadian photographer and writer of art history Jeff Wall, 70.


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