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Autoimmune Illness as a Death-drive: An Autobiography of Defence

Andrews, Alice. 2011. Autoimmune Illness as a Death-drive: An Autobiography of Defence. Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature, 44(3), pp. 189-203. [Article]

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This essay returns Derrida’s metaphor of autoimmunity to its biomedical origins and explores how various autobiographical narratives of autoimmune disease can provide a novel reading of Derrida’s deconstruction of the Freudian death-drive. I argue that Derrida’s autoimmunity autoimmunely secures the risks of psychoanalysis, science, science fiction, and deconstruction itself.

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Visual Cultures


September 2011Published

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