Seminar on Glas, Session I: On the Presence of the Corpse


Speaker(s): Ranjana Khanna; Miriam Leonard
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A new translation of Jacques Derrida's Glas has given us the opportunity to revisit this groundbreaking experimental text. In Glas, Derrida juxtaposes readings of Hegel and Jean Genet in pursuit of a form of difference that resists dialectical synthesis, while helping us to understand the kind of work that is mourning, and the kind of mourning that is perhaps involved in any kind of work. Led by a set of interdisciplinary feminist theorists (Ranjana Khanna, Miriam Leonard, Tina Chanter, Caroline Rooney, MD Murtagh and Andrés Fabián Henao Castro), we will focus on how to understand the challenge that the presence of the corpse represents for the living (Session 1), expand on Derrida's analysis of Hegel's fetichizing of Africa (Session 2), and rethink sexual difference through Derrida's reading of Genet's literature (Session 3).


For the seminar on Glas, you can use either the old Nebraska translation, if you have it already, or get the new translation from Minnesota Press, titled, Clang, which is also more affordable. Here are the primary sections for this session:

Nebraska Edition (Glas). Left column on Hegel of pages 141-189

Minnesota Edition (Clang). Left column on Hegel of pages 160-212

A limited number of copies of the Minnesota edition of Glas are available to Duke University students, faculty, visiting scholars, and staff. Please fill out this survey if you plan to attend the event and would like a copy of the text:

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Seminar on Glas, Session I: On the Presence of the Corpse


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