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Logics of Separation

Exile and Transcendence in Aesthetic Modernity

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Michael Stone-Richards

This book is made up of a set of innovative close readings and meditations on the significance of the modes and logics of separation in the thinking of aesthetic modernity. Separation is defined in Hegelian and psychoanalytic terms as psychic processes in the formation of identity that necessarily entail self-division and estrangement in the emergence of subjectivity and social identity. This phenomenon, called subjection, has been at the core of psychoanalytic readings since the work of Melanie Klein.
The works under consideration in the volume include material by W.E.B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, C.L.R. James, Ralph Ellison, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Paul Celan, as well as the sorrow songs/Negro Spirituals. In each case the moment of passivity and modes of separation are approached as sites of inescapable conflict. The varying psychic, ethical, and political tensions underwriting this experience are examined in detail for each case study.

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abandonment 7, 13, 21, 203, 213, 217, 220, 235, 242, 248, 257, 263, 265, 316, 328, 368, 371, 391 abandonment neurosis 311 see also Geux, Germaine Abraham (story of ) 11, 260, 377 accomplishment 86, 188, 209, 324 address 40, 106, 137, 150, 157, 178, 236, 248, 255, 264, 277, 308, 314 Adorno, Theodor 265, 350, 360, 377 Agamben, Georgio 100, 182 agency 8, 18, 23, 38, 88, 97, 128, 153, 172, 186, 223, 261, 273, 294, 301, 312, 351, 354, 357, 360, 368, 371, 374, 385, 387, 394, 397, 399 alienation 9, 116, 130, 271, 273, 287, 289, 299, 311, 315, 321, 324, 342, 372, 375, 400 aller à la ligne 37, 49, 52, 63, 66, 87, 89, 96, 127, 130, 135, 146, 158 Altieri, Charles 2 n. 2, 3 Altizer, Thomas J.J. 231 anachronized time 95, 150 see also Fédida, Pierre; passé anachronique Anderson, Paul A. 192 apathy 177, 377 APF (Association Psychoanalytique de France) 336, 338, 348 aphasia 18, 87, 160 Apollinaire, Guillaume 58–59, 67 aporia 1, 399 Appiah, Anthony Kwame 299 Aragon, Louis 173, 185, 267 Arendt, Hannah 28, 200, 309, 344, 351 Aristotle 28, 205, 288, 343, 369 attention 6–8, 18, 38, 42, 57, 63, 67, 76, 79, 84, 92, 102, 121, 125, 150–152, 177, 199, 225–227, 236, 248, 258, 262, 307, 317, 321, 325, 337, 350, 364, 391, 410 Aufhebung 13, 157, 372, 377 see also negation Auster, Paul 39 autism 344 Axelos, Kostas 315, 392 Bachelard, Gaston 55, 126, 359...

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