Chapter

Forgetting Well

Nicholas Royle

in In Memory of Jacques Derrida

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748632954
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671625 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632954.003.0008
Forgetting Well

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This chapter discusses the reasons for forgetting. Mourning is necessary but impossible, necessary and impossible. For Elisabeth Roudinesco, a successful work of mourning is not an act of infidelity. The book with Roudinesco is rich and strange not least for its elisions, crossed wires and missed connections. It also considers the nature of reason and forgetting. In Shakespeare's ‘The Time Is Out of Joint’, it is argued that the question not just of mourning but of ‘the time of mourning’ is ‘finally the true subject of the play’. It is a provocatively political reading of Shakespeare's play. Forgetting is the very mise en scène of Shakespeare's play. Hamlet's suffering memory indicates a dismantling of the priority of the logos or ‘discourse of reason’. The memory of Jacques Derrida will be placed in the heart.

Keywords: forgetting; mourning; Elisabeth Roudinesco; Shakespeare; The Time Is Out of Joint; Hamlet; Jacques Derrida; logos; memory

Chapter.  22480 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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