Rhetoric and rhythm - Derrida, Nancy and the Poetics of Drawing

Thomas Gould

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Opening with a consideration of the distribution of the two graphic acts — drawing and writing — this article offers a comparative study of Jacques Derrida's and Jean-Luc Nancy's respective exhibitions and catalogue essays on the subject of drawing. Through a comparative examination of what I take to be their central theoretical contributions to the study of drawing — Derrida its ‘rhetoric’, Nancy its ‘rhythm’ — this article moves on to suggest how these concepts inform a theory of poetic lineation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-175
Number of pages19
Issue number2
Early online dateMay 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • Jacques Derrida
  • Jean-Luc Nancy
  • drawing, poetics
  • lineation

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