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Aberrations of Mourning$
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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675951

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675951.001.0001

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Aberrations of Mourning

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the funerary rite of cremation. Cremation was first introduced during a time came when no crypt would be safe from desecration by entrepreneurs whose escapades yielded treasure which served as capital invested in new social orders. The original funeral pyre thus burned—and preserved—the complete contents of a mummy’s tomb. Benjamin and Derrida also brought into focus, the arts of magnification which cover the central stations of the mourning process—idealization, spiritualization, and dematerialization—by always investing the otherwise inconspicuous elements they enlarge with a surfeit of meaning. In Stifter’s “Condor”, a “ghostly” contraption of “shrouds” emanates from the funeral pyre of the magnifier.

Keywords:   funerary rite, cremation, underworld, funeral pyre, mummy, tomb, Benjamin, Derrida, dematerialization, Stifter

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