The Death of the Other/Father: A Feminist Reading of Derrida's Hauntology

Hypatia 16 (1):64-71 (2001)


This paper addresses the question of whether Derrida's “hauntology” as developed in Specters of Marx and related texts, can be anything more than yet another repetition of a specifically male preoccupation with the Father inscribed on the bodies of women, in this case the always absent daughter. A careful reading suggests that Derrida, and playwnght fathers of daughters such as Shakespeare and August Wilson, may be aware of the paradoxes of their situation.

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Nancy J. Holland
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