The King is dead! Long live the King!

Alfano, Chiara (2016) The King is dead! Long live the King! In: Morgan Wortham, Simon and Alfano, Chiara, (eds.) Desire in ashes : deconstruction, psychoanalysis, philosophy. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 161-185. (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy) ISBN 9781472529138


This book chapter asks how deconstruction should survive Derrida's death in the context of Ernst Kantorowicz's notion of the king's two bodies. In order to do so Alfano considers Derrida's work on mourning in The Work of Mourning, particularly his piece on Sarah Kofman's interpretation of Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Nicholas Tulp (1623) in relation to his account of an anatomical dissection in The Beast & the Sovereign.

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