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date: 20 August 2019

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This chapter uses a reading of Seeing Ghosts, contemporary Taiwan author Li Ang’s collection of “creative” ghost stories, in order to reflect on a set of concerns with how psychoanalysis spectralizes knowledge by haunting it with forces from the unknown, but becomes spectral itself when faced with floating foreignness. The chapter argues that the stories depict the foreignness of the experiential world of new ghosts, employing the gaps of knowledge introduced by such foreignness to display a degree of unanalyzability in the sense of a constellating of knowledge and discourse with the unknown, at the expense of punctual fixation. The translatability of foreignness may yet prove to be indispensable for imagining rebirth within the bardo state of our contemporary life.

Keywords: Li Ang, Lacan, psychoanalysis, The Tibetan Book of the Dead

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