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To Follow

Peggy Kamuf

in To Follow

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641543
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652136 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641543.003.0005
To Follow

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This chapter asks about the need to speak or write in the aftermath of the death of one who was the author's dearest friend, to write, to speak of him while battered by waves of grief, and to do so not just with a few of the hundreds of his other dearest friends, but in public and to unknown readers. To question this need does not mean to resist it, but on the contrary to give into it even while trying to learn from it, to let oneself be guided by this impulse, but, one hopes, not too blindly. Thanks to the incomparable vision and devotion of Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas, who collected fourteen texts Derrida wrote, as he writes, ‘following the death’ of a friend, we, his friends, are now able, if indeed we are able, to follow him in too many senses of that word, including the most painful one: just following the death of the friend.

Keywords: death; Derrida; friendship; friend

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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