Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was director of studies at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris, and professor of humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of many books published by the University of Chicago Press. Geoffrey Bennington is the Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought at Emory University. He is the author of several books on Derrida and translator of many others by him. Katie Chenoweth is associate professor of French at Princeton university and the director of Bibliotheque Derrida at Editions du Seuil and of the digital humanities project, Derrida's Margins. Rodrigo Therezo is editor of several books and the translator of Peter Trawny's Martin Heidegger: A Critical Introduction.
The publication of Derrida's third essay on the theme of Geschlecht--sex, generation, race, genus, gender--is a long-awaited event. Geschlecht III is in fact the keystone to all four essays under this rubric. Here, in a seminar from 1984-85, Derrida confronts Heidegger's uncanny interpretation of Georg Trakl's poetry, where figures of the brother, the sister, and lovers loom large. The volume, impeccably edited and translated, is crucial for questions of sex and gender, but also for discussions of philosophy and literature generally. --David Farrell Krell, Emeritus, DePaul University