Re-reading Derrida

Re-reading Derrida : Perspectives on Mourning and Its Hospitalities

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Re-reading Derrida: Perspectives on Mourning and its Hospitalities, edited by Tony Thwaites and Judith Seaboyer, is a uniquely collaborative exploration of the legacies of Jacques Derrida. Scholars from a wide variety of fields respond to his work by addressing such issues as the politics of the memorial, poetry, trauma, film, neoliberalism, the novel, and psychoanalysis--and then, in the processes of revision, they respond to each more

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  • Hardback | 188 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 18mm | 419.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739177257
  • 9780739177259

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Refusing to mourn, Miller and Attridge engage Derrida's refusing to mourn in a volume of clear-eyed interdisciplinary explorations on hospitality that absolute mourning and posthumous infidelity invite. Seven scholars and the editors answer the invitation with expansive essays that address one another as they give their take on legacies, memorials, crypts, and elegies in Beirut and New Orleans, in Wordsworth and Joyce, in Abraham and Torok, in film and geopolitics, in trauma and community. Each takes up in one nonsynonymy or other the spacing auto-immunity future of that infidelity or absolute. -- John P. Leavey, University of Florida Thwaites and Seaboyer have succeeded in assembling a network of fascinating, at times exhilarating, readings of Derrida's 'later' reflections on mourning, death and hospitality. Suggestive insights and curious correspondences abound across a wide range of discussion topics (from Levinas to Lebanon, New Orleans to neoliberalism and beyond) in a book that shows that deconstruction matters, precisely because things other than deconstruction matter. For a careful and creative response to Derrida's work, look no further than Re-reading Derrida. -- Niall Lucy, Curtin University, author of A DERRIDA DICTIONARYshow more

About Tony Thwaites

Tony Thwaites teaches modernist literature and literary and cultural theory at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Joycean Temporalities: Debts, Promises and Countersignatures (UP Florida, 2011) and Reading Freud: Psychoanalysis as Cultural Theory (SAGE, 2007). He is currently working on a book on Lacanian narrative theory. Judith Seaboyer teaches Victorian and contemporary literature at the University of Queensland. She has published on British and American contemporary fiction, and is presently working on the turn to pastoral in contemporary literature and on the pedagogy of reading more

Table of contents

About this book Acknowledgements Introduction: Mourning's Number Tony Thwaites and Judith Seaboyer I: Mournings Absolute Mourning: It Is Jacques You Mourn For J. Hillis Miller Posthumous Infidelity: Derrida, Levinas, and the Third Derek Attridge II: Hospitalities The Disjointed City: Materializing Mourning and Forgiveness in the Reconstruction of Beirut Jonathan Hall The Haunting of (un)Burial: Mourning the "Unknown" in Whitman's America 63 Lindsay Tuggle Elegizing John Wordsworth: Commemoration and Lyric J. Mark Smith City of Ghosts: Mourning and Justice in The Sixth Sense Warwick Mules Deconstruction and Democracy in the Neoliberal Turn Stefan Mattessich Cryptonymic Secretion: On the Kind-ness of Strangers Laurie Johnson Hospitality to Trauma: Ethics after Auschwitz Shannon Burns ?: Hospitality and its Discontents (as such) Tony Thwaites Bibliography Indexshow more