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Literature and the Remains of the Death Penalty

Peggy Kamuf


This book pursues Derrida’s assertion, in The Death Penalty, Volume I, that “the modern history of the institution named literature in Europe over the last three or four centuries is contemporary with and indissociable from a contestation of the death penalty.” The main question this book poses is: How does literature contest the death penalty today, particularly in the United States where it remains the last of its kind, a Christian-inspired death penalty in what professes to be a democracy? What resources do fiction, narrative, and poetic language supply in the age of the remains of the deat ... More

Keywords: Baudelaire, Coover, death penalty, Derrida, Hugo, Mailer, Orwell, phantasm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823282302
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peggy Kamuf, author
University of Southern California