Erotics of Deconstruction: Auto-Affection After Derrida

Turner, Lynn, ed. 2024. Erotics of Deconstruction: Auto-Affection After Derrida. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [Edited Book] (Forthcoming)

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"I have never been so moved by a book about Derrida, or about sex. It moves, you could say. It dazzles and moves. It moves animal or biological, dorsal, secret, violent, bloody, nonbinary, masturbatory, vocal or spoken in tongues, historical, artistic, maternal, decomposing, technological and more. Just brilliant." - Gil Anidjar, Columbia University

Erotics of Deconstruction takes advantage of over a decade of publications from Derrida’s seminars to the Virtual Library to creatively demonstrate the deep material enquiry of deconstruction into the living in general. It activates psychoanalysis without the long-embedded philosophical trajectory that forged the human, psychic life and sexuality as categorically distinct from ‘the animal’ (inherent to the dialectical Lacanian model). It activates new conversations with Derrida’s feminist contemporaries as they encounter pressing questions in current critical thought. From the larger frame of ‘life death’ and the broadest autoaffective relation of inside to outside to the difficult to grasp interface of conceptual and sensible, Erotics of Deconstruction does not retreat to a reparative life force or erotics of the good but includes the unsettling friction of an originary relation to violence. Parsed by means of case studies from literature, philosophy and visual culture, erotics in this volume lap at every edge.


0. Lapping it up: an introduction for these erotics of deconstruction - Lynn Turner

Section 1: Procreativity

1. Derrida’s Tongues - Elissa Marder
2. Spoonful: The Dorsal Deconstruction of Eroticism - David Wills
3. Two Pirouettes: The Politics of Spoiling (for) Fun in Preciado’s Revolutionary Vitalism After Derrida’s Death Drive - Eszter Timár
4. Double Blind Date - Naomi Waltham-Smith
5. Postscript: Deconstruction and Love - Nicholas Royle

Section 2: Vulnerability

6. Sanguine Resistance: Dreaming of a Future for Blood - Lynn Turner
7. Touch, Flesh, Wound, and the Caress of the Screen – Elizabeth Wiyaya
8. No Deconstruction Without Pleasure: Openings, Tunnels, and Holes
- Quinn Eades
9. Conjuring Bodies in E-motion: Kofman and Cixous encounter Rembrandt - Lenka Vráblíková
10. Voice and Sextuality - Anne Emmanuelle Berger

Section 3: Panthropology

11. The Masturbating Animal: The Auto-hetero-affection of the Living - Nicole Anderson
12. Playing the Field: non-non-binary promiscuity - Vicki Kirby
13. ‘Gene for Gene’: Cloning, ‘Sexiness,’ and The (Post)Maternal in Carola Dibbell’s The Only Ones - Naomi Morgenstern
14. Erotics of Decomposition: Cells and their Oceans - Elina Staikou

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November 2024

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09 May 2023 10:42

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18 Apr 2024 12:09


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