Grief, Power and The Subject: The Power of Loss in Psychoanalysis
Karuna Chandrashekar


Abstract

The following paper examines the relationship between grief and power and the ensuing effect of the two on the theorization of the Subject as put forth by Judith Butler. While understanding the experience of an unlivable grief (that of a suicide), the paper is an attempt to understand how the experience of grief can remain inaccessible to those who mourn those who die “unnaturally”. Further, the paper also examines the use of an unlivable grief (melancholia) as a conceptual tool in the theory of subjection that adds another impossibility to the individual who both strives and resists understanding and experience through psychoanalysis. The paper is an engagement with Butler’s reading of psyche and power.

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