CFP: [Theory] Writing and Immortality

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Sarah Wood
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Writing and Immortality

I posthume as I breathe, which is not very probable, the improbable in my
life, that’s the rule I’d like to follow …
                                                Derrida, Circumfessions

…feebly but still, everything can call itself future, future perfect for
the one who declares â€" will have declared - ‘I posthume as I breathe’
brilliantly inventing the verb to posthume, for his own personal usage as
a ‘survivor’ who wants to make liars of life and death. There you have
him then he who dies at the top of his lungs, a buried-alive
supernatural, who gets wind of a new definition of immortality through
the magic of writing.
        Cixous, Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint

This issue of OLR welcomes writing that fails to mourn, that breathes -
and takes a rise out of cliché - in readings not afraid to be ruled
by ‘the improbable in my life.’ Contributions may or may not concern the
writings of Derrida or Cixous as their subject-matter but they will be
concerned with rethinking the relation between life, death and writing.

We are looking for incredible respirations, airy inventions and writing-
resurrections that don’t, and won’t, fit in with the Freudian theory of
mourning. According to Derrida, the work of mourning is the prototype for
all work. One retrieves an investment: something of me that was attached
by me to an object, finally returns to me in a form I can use. Mourning
pays, and it pacifies. And correspondingly, the work of art holds and
perpetuates the living energy that made it, outlasting life as its
representation. Mourning, sublimation, work, monument. For some time now,
Derrida and Cixous have been proposing and doing something else,
something that follows on from ‘the displacement of everyday language’ to
which she attributes his whole philosophy.

Deadline for expressions of interest: June 30, 2008. Copy date December
31, 2008. End of editing process April 30, 2009.

Contact. Dr Sarah Wood, School of English, University of Kent,
Canterbury, CT2 7HE UK.

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