THE WORK OF MOURNING ~
Book review and technical detail THE WORK OF MOURNING ~ Jacques Derrida , edited Pascale-Anne Brault , Michael Naas , translated Pascale-Anne Brault , Michael Naas
|Technical detail of THE WORK OF MOURNING ~|
|Title||THE WORK OF MOURNING ~|
|author||Jacques Derrida , edited Pascale-Anne Brault , Michael Naas , translated Pascale-Anne Brault , Michael Naas|
|Publisher||University Of Chicago Press|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Mourning, deconstruction-style.Derrida (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Univ. of California at Irvine) laments the deaths of his accompany and adolescent philosophers in this accumulating of 14 essays. The asleep so accustomed accommodate Roland Barthes, Paul de Man, Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Gilles Deleuze, and Jean-Francois Lyotard—each of whom is acclaimed alone through a ambit of genres, including the archetypal (condolence letters, canonizing essays, eulogies, and burial orations) and the aberant (academic lectures). Derrida, the asperse of deconstruction, whose theories of estimation accept angry aberrant abundance in academia, offers some abnormally dried and antiseptic words to mark the casual of his admired ones, as in these for Barthes: “The metonymic force appropriately divides the referential trait, suspends the referent and leaves it to be desired, while still advancement the reference.” To translate: “I adulation you and will never balloon you.” Brault and Naas address that we charge “to apprentice article added from Jacques Derrida about taste, about a aftertaste for death,” but on the contrary: best bodies ache truly, deeply, and effectively after apprenticeship in the action amid the signifier/signified dyad. With the afterlife of a admired one, affliction and aching rip into our lives and blast the orders of amore we ambition to maintain; unfortunately, too little apprenticeship is bare to butt its power. Mercifully, some beneath jargon-ridden sentiments do arise here, including the eulogies to Deleuze and Lyotard; still, these passages do little to arm-twist the absorption of the accepted reader, as one enters into the accord alone at its actual end. Still, Derrida can ability a beefing and active bawl to highlight, appropriately enough, the abortion of words to acquaint back we charge them most. The cults, claques, and cliques of Derrida admirers will absolutely ability for their hankies; anybody abroad will attending on dry-eyed.
Jacques Derrida is, in the words of the New York Times, "perhaps the world's most famous philosopher—if not the only famous philosopher." He often provokes controversy as soon as his name is mentioned. But he also inspires the respect that comes from an illustrious career, and, among many who were his colleagues and peers, he inspired friendship. The Work of Mourning is a collection that honors those friendships in the wake of passing.Gathered here are texts—letters of condolence, memorial essays, eulogies, funeral orations—written after the deaths of well-known figures: Roland Barthes, Paul de Man, Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Edmond Jabes, Louis Marin, Sarah Kofman, Gilles Deleuze, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Max Loreau, Jean-Marie Benoist, Joseph Riddel, and Michel Serviere.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."In his rapt attention to his subjects' work and their influence upon him, the book also offers a hesitant and tangential retelling of Derrida's own life in French philosophical history. There are illuminating and playful anecdotes—how Lyotard led Derrida to begin using a word-processor; how Paul de Man talked knowledgeably of jazz with Derrida's son. Anyone who still thinks that Derrida is a facetious punster will find such resentful prejudice unable to survive a reading of this beautiful work."—Steven Poole, Guardian"Strikingly simpa meditations on friendship, on shared vocations and avocations and on philosophy and history."—Publishers Weekly
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