Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 0230507824 edition 2007 PDF 192 pages 475 KB
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.
Acknowledgements (Page vi)
1 Introduction: The Return of the Dead (Page 1)
2 Vampires, Death Drives and Silent Film (Page 20)
3 Sartre’s Living Dead (Page 43)
4 Lying Ghosts in Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis (Page 66)
5 The Ghosts of Auschwitz: Charlotte Delbo (Page 93)
6 Speaking with the Dead: De Man, Levinas, Agamben (Page 111)
7 Derrida’s Haunted Subjects (Page 128)
8 Burying the Dead (Page 151)
Notes (Page 160)
Bibliography (Page 172)
Index (Page 178)
Some of the material used in Chapters 1 and 5 first appeared in French Studies; I am grateful to Oxford University Press and the British Society for French Studies for permission to reprint. Material used in Chapters 3 and 6 first appeared in Sartre Studies International and Culture, Theory and Critique respectively; I am grateful to Berghahn Books and to Taylor and Francis for permission to reprint. Many people helped me during the preparation of this book with encouragement, advice and support in innumerable forms. Rather than naming them all here, I would like to take the opportunity to thank generous-spirited anonymous readers, whose comments are all the more appreciated for being from unknown sources. I would like also
to thank the students at the University of Warwick who, in 2003–2004, took the final-year Special Subject during which some of the ideas in this book were formulated.