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Dominick LaCapra

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501724893

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501724893.001.0001

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History, Deconstruction, and Working through the Past

History, Deconstruction, and Working through the Past

Chapter 1 History, Deconstruction, and Working through the Past
Understanding Others

Dominick LaCapra

Cornell University Press

The chapter explores selectively and critically what is still of value in deconstruction for historical and social analysis, notably the questioning of binary oppositions. It stresses the relations among the works of Derrida, Freud, and Bakhtin with respect to otherness and self-questioning. It also stresses the importance and meaning of the concept of working-through, which is often underplayed in academic uses of psychoanalysis.

Keywords:   binary opposition, hybridization, dialogization, internal alterity, working-through.

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