Loss: The Politics of Mourning by David EngLoss: The Politics of Mourning by David Eng

Loss: The Politics of Mourning

EditorDavid Eng, David KazanjianAfterword byJudith Butler

Paperback | December 10, 2002

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Taking stock of a century of pervasive loss#151;of warfare, disease, and political strife#151;this eloquent book opens a new view on both the past and the future by considering "what is lost" in terms of "what remains." Such a perspective, these essays suggest, engages and reanimates history. Plumbing the cultural and political implications of loss, the authors--political theorists, film and literary critics, museum curators, feminists, psychoanalysts, and AIDS activists--expose the humane and productive possibilities in the workings of witness, memory, and melancholy.

Among the sites of loss the authors revisit are slavery, apartheid, genocide, war, diaspora, migration, suicide, and disease. Their subjects range from the Irish Famine and the Ottoman slaughter of Armenians to the aftermath of the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa, problems of partial immigration and assimilation, AIDS, and the re-envisioning of leftist movements. In particular,Lossreveals how melancholia can lend meaning and force to notions of activism, ethics, and identity.
David L. Engis Associate Professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University. He is author ofRacial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America(2001), as well as coeditor with Alice Y. Hom ofQ & A: Queer in Asian America(1998), winner of a Lambda Literary Award and a Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for A...
Title:Loss: The Politics of MourningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:498 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:December 10, 2002Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520232364

ISBN - 13:9780520232365

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Mourning Remains
David L. Eng and David Kazanjian

I. Bodily Remains
Returning the Body without Haunting: Mourning "Nai Phi" and the End of Revolution in Thailand
Rosalind C. Morris

Black Mo’nin’
Fred Moten

Ambiguities of Mourning: Law, Custom, and Testimony of Women before South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Mark Sanders

Catastrophic Mourning
Marc Nichanian

Between Genocide and Catastrophe
David Kazanjian and Marc Nichanian

Passing Shadows: Melancholic Nationality and Black Critical Publicity in Pauline E. Hopkins’s Of One Blood
Dana Luciano

Melancholia and Moralism
Douglas Crimp

II. Spatial Remains
The Memory of Hunger
David Lloyd

Remains to Be Seen: Reading the Works of Dean Sameshima and Khanh Vo
Susette Min

Mourning Becomes Kitsch: The Aesthetics of Loss in Severo Sarduy’s Cobra
Vilashini Cooppan

Theorizing the Loss of Land: Griqua Land Claims in Southern Africa, 1874–1998
David Johnson

Left Melancholy
Charity Scribner

III. Ideal Remains
All Things Shining
Kaja Silverman

A Dialogue on Racial Melancholia
David L. Eng and Shinhee Han

Passing Away: The Unspeakable (Losses) of Postapartheid South Africa
Yvette Christiansë

Ways of Not Seeing: (En)gendered Optics in Benjamin, Baudelaire, and Freud
Alys Eve Weinbaum

Legacies of Trauma, Legacies of Activism: ACT UP’s Lesbians
Ann Cvetkovich

Resisting Left Melancholia
Wendy Brown

Afterword: After Loss, What Then?
Judith Butler

Editorial Reviews

"Instead of viewing loss in purely negative terms, [the essays] see it as 'productive rather than pathological, abundant rather than lacking, social rather than solipsistc, militant rather than reactionary.' The thinking behind this perspective is that no loss is ever absolute; it always leaves its traces, its remains."--"Times Literary Supplement (TLS)"