Haunted Subjects: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis and the Return of the Dead

Hardcover | February 15, 2007

byColin Davis

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Why do the dead return? Are the dead lost to us for ever, or do they remain part of the world of the living? This book examines these questions as they persistently emerge in areas as diverse as film, Holocaust testimony, and in the works of thinkers such as Jacques Derrida and the psychoanalysts Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok. The book suggests that it may be as difficult for the living to get rid of the dead as it is to live without them.

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Why do the dead return? Are the dead lost to us for ever, or do they remain part of the world of the living? This book examines these questions as they persistently emerge in areas as diverse as film, Holocaust testimony, and in the works of thinkers such as Jacques Derrida and the psychoanalysts Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok. The bo...

Colin Davis is Professor of French at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He has previously held posts at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick. His principal research interests lie in the areas of modern French thought, literature and film.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:February 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Introduction: The Return of the Dead * Vampires, Death Drives, and Silent Film * Sartre's Living Dead * Lying Ghosts in Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis * The Ghosts of Auschwitz: Charlotte Delbo * Speaking with the Dead: De Man, Levinas, Agamben * Derrida's Haunted Subjects * Burying the Dead * Bibliography * Index