Jacques Derrida: The Work of Mourning

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  • Sorcha Fogarty (University College Cork)

Despite his reputation as a philosopher of language and textuality, Jacques Derrida's work has always been intensely concerned with the phenomenological questions of the Self and its relation to the Other. This concern is fully demonstrated in The Work of Mourning. Essentially a collection of fifteen texts, seven of which have not been previously published, the texts span almost two decades, from 1981-2000. Edited and introduced by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas, they explain how The Work of Mourning was formulated from a conference held in 1996, at DePaul University, on the themes of mourning and politics in the work of Jacques Derrida. These collected texts recall elements of Derrida's other work on …

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Fogarty, Sorcha. "The Work of Mourning". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 August 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16509, accessed 28 September 2016.]