Loss: The Politics of Mourning


"If catastrophe is not representable according to the narrative explanations which would 'make sense' of history, then making sense of ourselves and charting the future are not impossible. But we are, as it were, marked for life, and that mark is insuperable, irrecoverable. It becomes the condition by which life is risked, by which the question of whether one can move, and with whom, and in what way is framed and incited by the irreversibility of loss itself."--Judith Butler, from the "Afterword

""Loss is a wonderful volume: powerful and important, deeply moving and intellectually challenging at the same time, ethical and not moralistic. It is one of those rare collections that work as a multifaceted whole to map new areas for inquiry and pose new questions. I found myself educated and provoked by the experience of participating in an ongoing dialogue."--Amy Kaplan, author of "The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • David L. Eng
  • David Kaznjian
  • David Kazanjian
  • Rosalind C. Morris
  • Fred Moten
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Berkeley, CA
Publication year:
  • 2003


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