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The body of this death; historicity and sociality in the time of AIDS

Haver, William

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ISBN 10: 0804727163 / ISBN 13: 9780804727167
Editorial: Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1996
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xviii, 221p., review copy with slip laid in, preface, notes, index, very good first edition in cloth boards and unclipped dj. N° de ref. de la librería 144933

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Título: The body of this death; historicity and ...

Editorial: Stanford University Press, Stanford

Año de publicación: 1996

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Dust Jacket Included

Edición: 1st Edition

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Examining the AIDS pandemic and Japanese A-bomb literature, this book asks the question of how the experience of unimaginable and unrepresentable loss affects the experience and constitution of the social and the discourses of history. It argues that those objects which are presumptively given to thought under the rubrics of “AIDS” and “Hiroshima/Nagasaki” pose an essential threat, in their existentiality, to conceptual thought and, ultimately, to rationality altogether. It therefore argues that any serious thinking about AIDS and nuclear terror must think the essential insufficiency of thought to its putative objects―the insufficiency of “society” to think sociality, the insufficiency of “history” to think historicity.
The author first attempts to think the incapacity of every invocation of historical consciousness (or, indeed, of “history” itself) to think the existential historicity of that event which is presumptively not only its object but its ground. Readings of works by Nishida Kitaro, Ota Yoko, and Takenishi Hiroko written in the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki attempt to mark the limit of historical consciousness. The author then considers erotic sociality in the time of AIDS, specifically as articulated in texts by David Wojnarowicz, focusing on the themes of vulnerability, anonymity, the erotic, and nomadism.

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“I have, quite simply, not read this kind of writing in which historical trauma and the limits of linguistic representation are probed in just this way. Haver’s work moves from literary criticism to a theory of the social. He suggests that what is most historically remarkable about unthinkable loss is precisely what eludes and yet structures what can be thought.”—Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley

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