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Here's the second one speculation then—an eye graft, the grafting of 1 viewpoint onto the opposite: a drawing of the blind is a drawing of the blind. Double genitive. there isn't any tautology right here, just a future of the self-portrait. each time a draftsman we could himself be fascinated about the blind, whenever he makes the blind a subject matter of his drawing, he initiatives, desires, or hallucinates a determine of a draftsman, or occasionally, extra accurately a few drafts girl. eleven of whatever within the heavens above, or in the world under, or in the waters lower than the earth. You shall now not bow all the way down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous god. [5:8-9] nine. Peggy Kamuf, "Reading among the Blinds," in A Derrida Reader: among the Blinds, ed. Peggy Kamuf (New York: Columbia college Press, 1991), p. xxiii. 10. Derrida, Memoirs of the Blind, p. three. If the blind guy is a seer, the imaginative and prescient that brings perception calls for blindness. until one is lucky adequate to be born with the reward of blindness, it can appear to be essential to gouge out one's eyes with the intention to see. If blindness is the cost of perception, devotion to the jealous God seems to be very unlikely except the sacrifice of imaginative and prescient. Such sacrifice issues to the violence that circulates during the biblical textual content and into the lives of believers like Derrida. Memoirs of the Blind is not just concerning the subject matter of blindness within the drawings of others. just like the sketches of the artists he reviews, Derrida's textual content is, as its subtitle exhibits, a selfportrait. Derrida, it sort of feels, is as jealous because the God to whom he's indebted and dedicated. His jealousy is provoked via drawing and the violence it implies. For i've got regularly skilled drawing as an disease, even worse, as a culpable illness, dare I say, an vague punishment. A double disease: to today I nonetheless imagine that i'll by no means be aware of both the way to draw or tips on how to examine a drawing. ... by means of exposing me, via displaying me up, it takes me to job but in addition makes me endure witness. Whence a kind of ardour of drawing, a detrimental and impotent ardour, the jealousy of a drawing in abeyance. And which I see with out seeing. 12 eleven. Ibid. , p. 2. in different places Derrida underscores the interaction among blindness and jealousy by way of stating that the French -wot A jalousie capacity not just jealousy but additionally designates one of those shutter or Venetian blind in English in addition to French. To fathom the depths of this jealousy, it is important to un- derstand definite chapters within the family members romance that nour- ished it. Derrida had 3 brothers: older, Rene Abraham and Paul Moses, and one more youthful, Norbert Pinhas. thirteen Paul Moses died sooner than Derrida's beginning and Norbert died on the age of 2, whilst Derrida was once ten years outdated. the only real surviving brother, Rene Abraham, may perhaps draw rather well. In a extraordinary passage, which merits to be quoted at size, Derrida confesses that his brother's skill to attract not just aroused his jealousy but additionally kindled a fratricidal wish. The adventure of this shameful illness comes correct out of a kinfolk romance, for which I preserve purely the trait, a weapon and a symptom, without doubt, in addition to a reason: wounded jealousy prior to an older brother whom I sought after, as did each person round him, for his expertise as a draftsman—and for his eye, in brief, which has without doubt by no means ceased to deliver out and accuse in me, deep down in me, except me, a fratricidal hope.