To inherit, broadly defined, means that which is passed along. In one sense, it is whatever we receive from someone familiar (or someone who is at least meant to be familiar, anyway). And along with this familiarity comes close associations, abiding memory trails, a type of metonymic progression to a particular moment in this present time: I inherited this. “This” is what I am left with, so what do I make of it now? “This” is a confluence of received parts, wanted and unwanted, left behind both intentionality and by chance. Or circumstance. Presently, we meet its trace residues, that may exist ephemerally, nonmaterial, or in a solid form. Confronting the weight of its meanings and history, its contradictions and unnamabilities, we may wonder, what do I do with “this,” now? We are all heirs to things that aren't ever fully ours....
Encountering Inheritance in Vivek Shraya's I want to kill myself
Tobias B. D. Wiggins is a PhD candidate at York University in Toronto. His dissertation investigates perversion and its relationship to transphobia through the lens of clinical psychoanalysis and trans studies. His forthcoming chapter, “Transsexual Chimeras and the Politics of Listening,” will be published in Slow Burn: Patients' Perspectives on the Political in Psychoanalytic Treatment.
Tobias B. D. Wiggins; Encountering Inheritance in Vivek Shraya's I want to kill myself. TSQ 1 November 2017; 4 (3-4): 668–674. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/23289252-4190046
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