The Politics and Pedagogy of Mourning: On Responsibility in Eulogy

2015.11.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Timothy Secret, The Politics and Pedagogy of Mourning: On Responsibility in Eulogy, Bloomsbury, 2015, 261pp, $112.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.11.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Timothy Secret, The Politics and Pedagogy of Mourning: On Responsibility in Eulogy, Bloomsbury, 2015, 261pp, $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472575142. Reviewed by Dawne McCance, University of Manitoba In his Preface to this provocative and challenging study, Timothy Secret takes care to point out that his is not "a work on Derrida," not "a piece of Derrida scholarship," but a text that "cannot be readily pigeonholed under his proper name" (xxii). Readers might well take this caution to heart, for although the book moves from the outset toward an analysis of Derrida's eulogies, neither Derrida's work in general, nor his eulogies in particular, constitutes the focus of Secret's project. For his main interest, more largely theoretical, concerns the structures and "mechanisms" that lay the ground for, and culminate in, Derrida's eulogies. In his words, the book works "to put in place a framework that will allow. . .

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