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The Mother in the Age of Mechanical ReproductionPsychoanalysis, Photography, Deconstruction$
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Elissa Marder

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240555

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240555.001.0001

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Bit: Mourning Remains in Derrida and Cixous

Bit: Mourning Remains in Derrida and Cixous

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The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Elissa Marder

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores mourning in the writings of Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous. For both Derrida and Cixous, mourning is an interminable event that defies closure, undermines presence, and has an intimate relationship with literary language. The chapter shows how both Derrida and Cixous challenge psychoanalytic models of the work of mourning by their reworking of the concept of mourning through the figure of all of the multiple forms, homonyms, and meanings that are associated with the French word “mordre” (to bite): these include the words “mort” (death) and “mors” (bit). The “bit” is a figure of incalculable and irrecuperable loss.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, mourning, Glas, Fors, Jean Genet, psychoanalysis, remorse, matchbox

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