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Authority seems to be nothing other than the vanishing-point of textuality. And Nature is authority whose textual origins have been forgotten.

Barbara Johnson


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Her scholarship incorporated a variety of structuralist and poststructuralist perspectives—including deconstruction Lacanian psychoanalysis and feminist theory—into a critical interdisciplinary study of literature. She was a Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University. As a scholar teacher and translator Johnson helped make the theories of French philosopher Jacques Derrida accessible to English-speaking audiences in the United States at a time when they had just begun to gain recognition in France.

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