Jacques Derrida argues that the dead other can speak and remain “in us.” Additionally, he argues that to keep one alive is the ultimate sign of fidelity that is accomplished through acts of mourning that necessitate the interiorization of the dead other. In a way, then, Derrida suggests that the living owe a debt to the dead: we must keep them alive, we must keep them “in us.” This particular panel seeks papers that attempt to formulate and read the gift of death and the living’s debt to the dead in literature. How has literature reckoned with death? Can literature do the work of mourning? How has literature represented the livings debt to the dead? These are the questions this panel seeks to explore.
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