Bringing Ourselves to Grief

  title={Bringing Ourselves to Grief},
  author={David W. McIvor},
  journal={Political Theory},
  pages={409 - 436}
Within political theory there has been a recent surge of interest in the themes of loss, grief, and mourning. In this paper I address questions about the politics of mourning through a critical engagement of the work of Judith Butler. I argue that Butler’s work remains tethered to an account of melancholic subjectivity derived from her early reading of Freud. These investments in melancholia compromise Butler’s recent ethico-political interventions by obscuring the ambivalence of political… 
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