SAM Seminar: Cordelia's Kiss

When:13 Mar 2018, 3:30pm - 5pm
Venue:Cinema 327, Robert Webster Building
Who:Sigi Jöttkandt, UNSW

"A good answer is like a sweet kiss, says Solomon", explains Kierkegaard's Johannes in The Seducer's Diary. But if a kiss is a speech act or "wordless word" (J. Hillis Miller), this does not mean it is silent. Indeed, Johannes laments that language is not sufficiently "elastic" to record all the smacking, hissing, crackling, explosive, booming, sonorous, hollow, squeaky possibilities of the kiss. How are we to understand that the word uttered by the King of wisdom himself becomes unintelligible, that the one who should authorize the philosophical contract responds with a cacophony of hissings, cracklings and squeaks? In this reading the kiss, as first technology of both truth and knowledge, implicates one's very ability to think

Sigi Jöttkandt is a Senior Lecturer in English at the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW. She is author of Acting Beautifully: Henry James and the Ethical Aesthetic (2005); First Love: A Phenomenology of the One (2010), and numerous articles on psychoanalysis and literature. Co-founding editor of the journal S, she is also co-Director of Open Humanities Press (www.openhumanitiespress.og)

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