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  1. Auto-Memoration, Con-Memoration: A ‘Self’/Reflection.Nicole Anderson - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):64-69.
    Exploring who, what and how we remember, this piece proposes that to remember requires, on the one hand, an auto-memoration, and at the same time, on the other hand, auto-memoration always detours through the world and through the other, which requires ‘con-memoration’. Referring to Derrida and Nancy, this piece argues that the memories of ourselves, and of others, is always already mediated because structured by differance and the other, and thus entails also a forgetting.
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    Born to Mourn.Pascale-Anne Brault - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):139-142.
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    Saving the Lost Ones.Simon Glendinning - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):89-109.
    In an essay on the modern idea of political equality, Bernard Williams contrasts what he calls ‘the human point of view’ with a point of view marked by what he calls a ‘technical or professional attitude’. While the latter is concerned with conspicuous structures of someone’s life that might be by occupied by another, the former concerns an attitude towards a singular person, what Wittgenstein calls ‘an attitude towards a soul’ – an attitude characteristically exemplified in the relation to the (...)
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  4. Re-Membering – A Plea for Togetherness.Arleen Ionescu & Laurent Milesi - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):110-120.
    Starting with a recall of the overwhelming feeling, voiced by many thinkers, that the post-WWII era brought about the ‘sense of an ending’ of history as Mitsein, the essay explores the renewed necessity to re-learn to be together in the wake of the worst modern pandemic by appealing to Jean-Luc Nancy’s imagination of a community without community. Nancy’s plea for a singular togetherness will be re-examined in relation to his view that COVID-19 makes us equal and ‘communizes’ us, including in (...)
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  5. Editor’s Preface.Peggy Kamuf - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):v-vi.
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    Michael Naas, Plato and the Invention of Life.Jack Kelleher - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):150-154.
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  7. Glas Struggles.Thomas Clément Mercier - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):121-138.
    This essay stages an encounter between several texts by Jacques Derrida which delineate the contours of what could be called a ‘memorial agonistics’. Through readings of Marx, Nietzsche and Freud, Derrida shows that memory and commemorations always involve struggles in nomination and classification, jealous movements of appropriation and expropriation of the departed, wars in and for the name converging towards the imposition of some countersignature. These violent plays of preservation and substitution seem always to take place around the enigmatic figure (...)
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    Commemorations: From Dusk to Dawn.John W. P. Phillips - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):27-41.
    This essay attempts to answer the question of how one commemorates the event of thinking by raising it in relation to some commemorative texts. Derrida’s Demeure, Athènes provides an exemplary point of departure, but the seminars concerned with the death penalty raise the stakes in readings that deeply trouble an inheritance fixated on the determination of death, with Socrates and Oedipus as ancient figures of an enduring culture. The essay touches on Freud and Heidegger as dissenting figures and concludes by (...)
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    Lapses: When Friends Clock Out.Avital Ronell - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):1-16.
    Remembrance involves so many shots in the dark, part of an effort to locate the disappeared as they clock out. In the dead center of Hölderlin’s hymn, Andenken, the question flares: ‘But–where are my friends?’ Nancy, writing on Derrida’s inconceivable demise, says we await them, demanding a return in some form, drawing on a shadowing nearness, maybe an image that appears in distinction to the non-image of the living friend. Have they really elapsed –? Or, are they bound to show (...)
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    Commemoration and Autobiography: In Memory of Laura Marcus.Nicholas Royle - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):42-63.
    This piece seeks to explore notions of commemoration and autobiography with particular reference to the life and work of Laura Marcus. Special attention is given to her Auto/Biographical Discourses, Virginia Woolf and Autobiography, as well as Paul de Man’s essay ‘Autobiography as De-Facement’, the work of Jacques Derrida, and Woolf’s ‘biography’, Orlando.
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    Salut to Jean-Luc Nancy.Tanja Staehler - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):83-88.
    This piece commemorates Jean-Luc Nancy by focussing our attention on seven citations from his works which are followed by brief, tentative interpretations and reflections.
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    Francesco Vitale, Biodeconstruction: Jacques Derrida and the Life Sciences.Eszter Timár - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):143-150.
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  13. Mourning Alone Together.Georges Van Den Abbeele - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):70-82.
    In the current context of pervasive loss and the absence of publicly commemorative rituals, this essay proposes a reading of Freud’s ‘Mourning and Melancholia’ that questions the presupposition that mourning must come to an end as the completed work of memories recalled only to be sent off. While melancholia may be presented as the invention of an imaginary loss, would not the real pathology of mourning be the summary or precipitous declaration of its end? Whether we understand mourning as completable (...)
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  14. Phantom Threads.Robert J. C. Young - 2022 - Oxford Literary Review 44 (1):17-26.
    In this essay I contrast Freud’s account of mourning in Mourning and Melancholia to that of Merleau-Ponty in Phenomenology of Perception. In suggesting a somatic as well as a psychic response, Merleau-Ponty, I argue, more accurately accounts for the ways in which we experience loss and why, contrary to Freud’s suggestion, mourning’s work is never completed.
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