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debbie tucker green and the work of mourning

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This chapter explores the significance of grief and mourning in debbie tucker green’s work. Mourning begins, as Jacques Derrida reminds us, in the doubling of grief through speech – by speaking, we corrupt the singularity of our experience into a universal language. This is a recurrent theme in tucker green’s texts, which are replete with characters whose experience pushes them beyond the boundaries of the communicable but speak anyway. What is staged is thus what Derrida calls the ‘terrible condition of all reading’ – the description of a subject who is beyond the limits of description. For her characters, this condition is an unbearable grief. For the spectator, facing and interpreting this grief becomes a work of mourning. The plays considered here – "hang", "stoning mary", "random" and "truth and reconciliation" – give particular voice to topics that Derrida encounters within the aegis of grief and mourning. These are ‘rehearsal’, ‘trace’, ‘silence’ and ‘ghosts’.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationdebbie tucker green: Critical Perspectives
EditorsJacqueline Bolton, Siân Adiseshiah
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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