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Friendship: Correspondences: Introduction

Friendship: Correspondences: Introduction DOSSIER Friendship: Correspondences Introduction jessica ruffin My condition is ghastly. I fear so terribly the evanescence of that which is most dear to me, what appears to me as the meaning or fulfillment of my existence. Do you believe in the eternal duration of our friendship? It would always need to be presence, living presence, and how could that be? Siegfried Kracauer to Theodor Adorno, April 5, 1923 Perhaps Adorno and Kracauer were more than friends, at least for a time, but their letters are where this project Friendship: Correspond- ences began. While the above excerpt is quite raw in its tone, other letters by “Friedel” and “Teddie,” as they called each other, are more scholarly—tinged with a cool professionalism that requires us never- intended readers to sense the pain and longing beneath and between the lines. All of their correspondences, though, are the between of these thinkers’ finished and published works. Friendship, it be- comes clear, is often an unseen condition of scholarly and creative production—until you die and become an archive, that is. Through qui parle Vol. 27, No. 2, December 2018 doi 10.1215/10418385-7200254 © 2018 Editorial Board, Qui Parle 432 qui parle december 2018 vol. 27 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences University of Nebraska Press

Friendship: Correspondences: Introduction

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University of Nebraska Press
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1938-8020

Abstract

DOSSIER Friendship: Correspondences Introduction jessica ruffin My condition is ghastly. I fear so terribly the evanescence of that which is most dear to me, what appears to me as the meaning or fulfillment of my existence. Do you believe in the eternal duration of our friendship? It would always need to be presence, living presence, and how could that be? Siegfried Kracauer to Theodor Adorno, April 5, 1923 Perhaps Adorno and Kracauer were more than friends, at least for a time, but their letters are where this project Friendship: Correspond- ences began. While the above excerpt is quite raw in its tone, other letters by “Friedel” and “Teddie,” as they called each other, are more scholarly—tinged with a cool professionalism that requires us never- intended readers to sense the pain and longing beneath and between the lines. All of their correspondences, though, are the between of these thinkers’ finished and published works. Friendship, it be- comes clear, is often an unseen condition of scholarly and creative production—until you die and become an archive, that is. Through qui parle Vol. 27, No. 2, December 2018 doi 10.1215/10418385-7200254 © 2018 Editorial Board, Qui Parle 432 qui parle december 2018 vol. 27

Journal

Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Mar 28, 2019

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