Cryptonymic secretion: on the kind-ness of strangers

Johnson, Laurie (2013) Cryptonymic secretion: on the kind-ness of strangers. In: Re-reading Derrida: perspectives on mourning and its hospitalities. Lexington Books, Lanham, MD. United States, pp. 117-129. ISBN 978-0-7391-7725-9

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Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok, with whom Jacques Derrida was a close friend and to whose work he often responded, were Hungarian Jews who escaped the Holocaust; in their work, however, this history meets with silence. This chapter argues that their work on crypts and mourning also describes the structure of their own writing and its relation to their 'shared' past. The chapter asks more broadly, can a crypt be shared, what are the mechanisms by which such a thing can happen, and what are the implications of this for literary theory?

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Additional Information: Copyright 2013 Lexington Books. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2013 03:58
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 00:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nicholas Abraham; Maria Torok; Jacques Derrida; cryptonymy; literary theory
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture

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