"Remembrance of the future": Derrida on mourning

Joan Kirkby*

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In MEMOIRES for Paul de Man Derrida articulates a new model of mourning as an ongoing conversation with the dead who are both within us and beyond us and continue to look at us with a look that is a call to responsibility and transformation. Derridean mourning significantly revises classic psychoanalytic accounts of mourning, reworking and combining conceptual apparatus from psychoanalysis, philosophy and literature: incorporation (Abraham and Torok), gedachtnis (Hegel), rhetoricity and aporia (de Man).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-472
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Semiotics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006


  • Abraham and torok
  • De man
  • Derrida
  • Freud
  • Gedachtnis
  • Incorporation
  • Mourning
  • Psychoanalysis


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