Re-reading Derrida: Perspectives on Mourning and its Hospitalities, edited by Tony Thwaites and Judith Seaboyer, is a unique collaborative exploration of the legacies of the late philosopher, Jacques Derrida, across a wide variety of fields.
Anchoring the book are two major essays on mourning by two of the best-known Derridean thinkers today, who were close friends of Derrida: J. Hillis Miller and Derek Attridge. Each of the other essays has been written to respond to these, and-in a novel move-to at least two of the other contributions. As a result, the very form of the book is a way of exploring the thematics of hospitality, and the ways in which disciplines open themselves to one another, extending lines of flight across the archipelagos of knowledge-the politics of the memorial, poetry, trauma, film, neoliberalism, the novel, and psychoanalysis. Throughout the book themes and concerns recur, each time refracted, developed, and questioned under the pressures of new conjunctures.
As the editors' Introduction argues, what the book seeks to show is not that a certain general body of theoretical work can be applied in all sorts of areas, but something more interesting: that from the outset, theoretical work itself takes on its meaning only in its grappling with the specific, the singular, even the unique. Miller's and Attridge's essays have at their heart, after all, the loss of a friend.
Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 188
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 236 x 157 x 18 mm
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 DICTIONARY