MAHON, Peter

Peter Mahon teaches in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia.

His book "Imagining Joyce and Derrida: Between Finnegans Wake and Glas" is a comparative study of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake and the deconstructive texts of Jacques Derrida, with a particular emphasis on Glas.

Mahon’s reading of these works insists on thinking through Derrida’s ‘Hegelian’ manner of understanding Joyce. Using key texts of Vico, Kant, and Heidegger, Mahon develops a theoretical framework that allows him to theorize and re-conceptualize the intertextuality between Joyce and Derrida in terms of the imagination. In order to test the flexibility of this imaginative framework, Mahon applies it to a sustained comparison of Finnegans Wake and Derrida’s under-appreciated masterwork, Glas. In so doing, Mahon reconfigures and expands the intertextual terrain between Joyce and Derrida beyond a simple catalogue of those instances where Derrida cites Joyce.

Imagining Joyce and Derrida: Between Finnegans Wake and Glas (University of Toronto Press, 2007).