Quincey, Wasianski's thanatography
discovers a hidden capacity for
Confession is, for this reason, a 'thanatography
': the empirical self has to become silent to authenticate the struggle for words of the other.
If, in texts such as Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement and Le Blanc de l'Algerie (1995), Djebar invites the dead to speak, her oeuvre as a whole can be approached as an exercise in thanatography
He does not name that other other he has arguably given more labour of language than any other, but he's there when he tells us "all biography for Derrida is thanatography
, shadowed even in joy by mutability and death" (353).