1. Sacks, Shakespeare’s Images of Pregnancy, 1.
2. See Andrew Parker, “Introduction: Mimesis and the Division of Labor,”
in Rancière, The Philosopher and His Poor, ix–xx.
3. Plato, The Symposium, 47 (209c–d).
4. See Michel Foucault, “What Is an Author?,” in The Essential Works of
5. Jacques Lacan, “The Situation of Psychoanalysis and the Training of
Psychoanalysts in 1956,” in Écrits, 397–98.
6. Kristeva, Desire in Language, 237.
1. Rose, “On Knowledge and Mothers: On the Work of Christopher Bol-
las,” in On Not Being Able to Sleep, 151.
2. Critchley, Continental Philosophy, 62. On the diﬃculty of representing
the history of an absence of representation (of “woman,” paradigmatically,
but perhaps also of “mother”), see Deutscher, A Politics of Impossible Dif-
ference, esp. 26–30.
3. Beauvoir, The Second Sex, 63, 496.
4. Feminist theorists grasped this point long ago, under the sign of irony.
See, for example, Russo, The Female Grotesque; and Zwinger, “Blood Rela-
5. Badiou, “Philosophy as Biography.” This is the text of a talk delivered
at the Miguel Abreu Gallery in New York City on 13 November 2007. All
quotations are taken from this source.
6. Among other texts by Derrida on the mother as limit, see Of Gram-
matology; Glas; and “Circumfession” in Bennington and Derrida, Jacques
7. Dick and Kofman, Derrida, soundtrack quoted from 64:58 to 67:05.
8. Elsewhere, complaining that Barbara Johnson turned what he had
taught her back against him, Derrida adopted the persona (if this is the
right term) of an aggrieved mother: “Unbeatable, I tell you: nothing to say
against this plenitude, however gross it may be, since she was full only of all
of you, already, and everything that all of you would have to say against it.
This is what I call in English the logic of pregnancy and in French the fore-