Phantasmatics: Sovereignty and the Image of Death in Derrida’s First Death Penalty Seminar
- Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
- Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal
- Volume 48, Number 3, September 2015
- pp. 75-94
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By way of a double reading of the temporality of guillotine and photography in the anonymous 1939 film of the execution of Eugène Weidmann, this essay examines the putative instantaneity of death, which posits life as that which happens only before death.