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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666652

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.001.0001

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Das Hund

Das Hund

(p.409) Das Hund
I Think I Am

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the significance of the dog as an emblem of the dark side of melancholia. Every beloved animal or pet is, without the synthesis of ambivalence but as melancholic chain operation or compulsion, a RePet. This cloning industry in the foreground of the film The 6th Day (2000) raises commodification to the powers of allegory also in keeping with science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s undercover brilliance in ad copy and marketing over skills. In Walter Benjamin’s Origin of the German Mourning Play, the dog (Hund) casts its breath and shadow on the Und—the And. In his discussion of time travel, Dick dismantles the present as vanishing point of the recent past, the big repressed where the dead are. His alternate reality of mourning or unmourning as half-life views the deceased and the survivor as always having in common that they both lost each other. Therefore it proves possible to travel through a time in which one cannot decide who died on whom.

Keywords:   dog, melancholia, cloning, The 6th Day, Philip K. Dick, Walter Benjamin, Origin of the German Mourning Play, time travel, dead, mourning

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