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Loss: The Politics of Mourning


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Illustrations Preface Introduction: Mourning Remains David L. Eng and David Kazanjian I. Bodily Remains Returning the Body without Haunting: Mourning "Nai Phi" and the End of Revolution in Thailand Rosalind C. Morris Black Mo'nin' Fred Moten Ambiguities of Mourning: Law, Custom, and Testimony of Women before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mark Sanders Catastrophic Mourning Marc Nichanian Between Genocide and Catastrophe David Kazanjian and Marc Nichanian Passing Shadows: Melancholic Nationality and Black Critical Publicity in Pauline E. Hopkins's Of One Blood Dana Luciano Melancholia and Moralism Douglas Crimp II. Spatial Remains The Memory of Hunger David Lloyd Remains to Be Seen: Reading the Works of Dean Sameshima and Khanh Vo Susette Min Mourning Becomes Kitsch: The Aesthetics of Loss in Severo Sarduy's Cobra Vilashini Cooppan Theorizing the Loss of Land: Griqua Land Claims in Southern Africa, 1874--1998 David Johnson Left Melancholy Charity Scribner III. Ideal Remains All Things Shining Kaja Silverman A Dialogue on Racial Melancholia David L. Eng and Shinhee Han Passing Away: The Unspeakable (Losses) of Postapartheid South Africa Yvette Christianse Ways of Not Seeing: (En)gendered Optics in Benjamin, Baudelaire, and Freud Alys Eve Weinbaum Legacies of Trauma, Legacies of Activism: ACT UP's Lesbians Ann Cvetkovich Resisting Left Melancholia Wendy Brown Afterword: After Loss, What Then? Judith Butler Contributors Index

About the Author

David L. Eng is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University. He is author of Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (2001), as well as coeditor with Alice Y. Hom of Q & A: Queer in Asian America (1998), winner of a Lambda Literary Award and a Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. His current book project, Queer Diasporas/Psychic Diasporas, explores the impact of transnational and queer social movements on family and kinship in the late twentieth century. David Kazanjian is Associate Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is author of Articulating "America": Imperial Citizenship Before the Civil War (forthcoming).


"Instead of viewing loss in purely negative terms, [the essays] see it as 'productive rather than pathological, abundant rather than lacking, social rather than solipsistc, militant rather than reactionary.' The thinking behind this perspective is that no loss is ever absolute; it always leaves its traces, its remains."--"Times Literary Supplement (TLS)"

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