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Work of Mourning

Work of Mourning - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226142814

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ISBN13: 978-0226142814
ISBN10: 0226142817
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Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 2001
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Work of Mourning - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226142814

Jacques Derrida, Pascale-Anne Ed. Brault and Michael Ed. Naas

ISBN13: 978-0226142814
ISBN10: 0226142817
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

One must go before the other. This inevitability bestows upon the mourner of a friend a further inevitability--to say something and to participate in the codes and rites of mourning. The distinguished French philosopher Jacques Derrida has, like all of us, been forced to wrestle with the complexities of mourning, as his friends and colleagues have passed away before him.

Gathered here are texts--letters of condolence, memorial essays, eulogies, funeral orations--written after the deaths of figures well known in France and in the United States: Roland Barthes, Paul de Man, Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Edmond Jabes, Louis Marin, Sarah Kofman, Gilles Deleuze, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jean-Francois Lyotard, as well as Max Loreau, Jean-Marie Benoist, Joseph Riddel, and Michel Serviere. Many of the essays are available in English for the first time, and one, on Lyotard, has never been published before. Each chapter includes an introduction, as well as a biographical sketch of its subject.

With his words, Derrida bears witness to the singularity of a friendship and to the absolute uniqueness of each relationship. In each case, he is acutely aware of the questions of tact, taste, and ethical responsibility involved in speaking of the dead--the risks of using the occasion for one's own purposes, political calculation, personal vendetta, and the expiation of guilt. More than a collection of memorial addresses, this volume sheds light not only on Derrida's relation to some of the most prominent French thinkers of the past quarter century but also on some of the most important themes of Derrida's entire oeuvre--mourning, the "gift of death," time, memory, and friendship itself.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Editors' Introduction: To Reckon with the Dead: Jacques Derrida's Politics of Mourning
Chapter 1: Roland Barthes (1915-80)
The Deaths of Roland Barthes
Chapter 2: Paul de Man (1919-83)
In Memoriam: Of the Soul
Chapter 3: Michel Foucault (1926-84)
"To Do Justice to Freud"
Chapter 4: Max Loreau (1928-90)
Letter to Francine Loreau
Chapter 5: Jean-Marie Benoist (1942-90)
The Taste of Tears
Chapter 6: Louis Althusser (1918-90)
Text Read at Louis Althusser's Funeral
Chapter 7: Edmond Jabes (1912-91)
Letter to Didier Cahen
Chapter 8: Joseph N. Riddel (1931-91)
A demi-mot
Chapter 9: Michel Serviere (1941-91)
As If There Were an Art of the Signature
Chapter 10: Louis Marin (1931-92)
By Force of Mourning
Chapter 11: Sarah Kofman (1934-94)
Chapter 12: Gilles Deleuze (1925-95)
I'm Going to Have to Wander All Alone
Chapter 13: Emmanuel Levinas (1906-95)
Adieu
Chapter 14: Jean-Francois Lyotard (1925-98)
All-Out Friendship
Lyotard and Us
Bibliographies, compiled by Kas Saghafi

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