I. Counterfeit Money
Derrida reads the relation of time to gift through a number of texts: Heidegger's Time and Being, Mauss's The Gift, as well as essays by Benveniste and Levi-Strauss that assume Mauss's legacy. It is, however, a short tale by Baudelaire, "Counterfeit Money," that guides Derrida's analyses throughout. At stake in his reading of the tale, to which the second half of this book is devoted, are the conditions of gift and forgiveness as essentially bound up with the movement of dissemination, a concept that Derrida has been working out for many years.
For both readers of Baudelaire and students of literary theory, this work will prove indispensable.
French-American Foundation: French-American Foundation Translation Prize
1. The Time of the King
2. The Madness of Economic Reason: A Gift without Present
3. "Counterfeit Money" I: Poetics of Tobacco
(Baudelaire, Painter of Modern Life)
4. "Counterfeit Money" II: Gift and Countergift, Excuse and Forgiveness
(Baudelaire and the Story of the Dedication)
"Counterfeit Money," by Charles Baudelaire