Treaties, Trauma, Trees: The Dream of Hadwin

in On Lingering and Being Last

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229406
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240982 | DOI:
Treaties, Trauma, Trees: The Dream of Hadwin

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In the epigraph to this chapter, Jacques Derrida suggests that a text can represent its own rootedness, can perform its “racinating function,” only at the cost of those roots never actually touching the ground. Something like this paradoxically deracinated root system structures Hadwin's act. Freud writes that there is in principle no end to the filaments and associations netted together in the dream: “The dream-thoughts, to which interpretation leads one, are necessarily interminable and branch out into the netlike entanglement of our world of thought.”

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Freud; roots; Hadwin; dream

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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