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dc.contributor.author Coughlan, David
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-16T08:52:07Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-16T08:52:07Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Coughlan, D. (2012) 'The Art of Everyday Haunting'. Derrida Today, 5 (2):199-213. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3821
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The question of where ghosts live can hardly be addressed without speaking of a haunted house. This essay reads Don DeLillo s novel The Body Artist, in which there is a ghost called Mr. Tuttle who haunts the house of Lauren Hartke, the body artist, as a text grafted onto Jacques Derrida s Dissemination. The essay takes as its starting point the first words spoken in DeLillo s text, I want to say something but what , a quasi question directed to Lauren by her husband Rey, in order to ask if it can ever be said what lies on the other side of what , or if it remains forever unknowable, or unheard, at an infinite remove , even if it is one s self.  It is Rey s suicide, and Lauren s subsequent work of mourning, which locates DeLillo s phrase within the context of Derrida s efforts, again and again, to give words to those whose voices are absent: the lost friend, the other self, the dead. To Lauren s question, What am I supposed to say? Derrida replies, Speaking is impossible, but so too would be silence or absence . Through the ghostly form of Mr. Tuttle, DeLillo s work tells of the various mimetisms by which the silent speaker is heard and remembered. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Edinburgh University Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Derrida Today;5 (2), pp. 199-213
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/ 10.3366/drt.2012.0040
dc.subject Don DeLillo en_US
dc.subject the body artist en_US
dc.subject Jacques Derrida en_US
dc.subject dissemination en_US
dc.subject mimesis en_US
dc.subject mourning en_US
dc.subject ghosts en_US
dc.title The art of everyday haunting en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2014-05-15T16:09:36Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1391874
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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