The Strangeness in the Strangeness

Cohen, Josh. 2008. The Strangeness in the Strangeness. Static, 7, ISSN 1754-5374 [Article]

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Henry James’ famous short story, ‘The Beast in the Jungle’ offers the exemplary narrative of catastrophe and its logic of depletion. The catastrophe is less an experience than an emptying of experience, the predicament of, as the story’s protagonist puts it, nothing passing. In this article, James’ story becomes the ground for a series of overlapping fragmentary reflections on catastrophe as the sovereignty of (in the words of André Green), ‘non-existence, anaesthesia, emptiness, the blanc’. Detouring into Freud, Blanchot, Laplanche, Kafka and Benjamin it loops back insistently – catastrophically – to James’ story.

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English and Comparative Literature
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28 Oct 2013 13:15

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25 Jun 2021 15:33

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