corps à: Body/ies in deconstruction

Parallax 25 (1):1-7 (2019)
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This essay explores how contemporary works of critical theory and deconstruction can challenge preconceptions of the body and embodiments and interrogate their limits, particularly in relation to intertwined foldings of desire, gender, race and sexuality. It aims to suggest that Jacques Derrida’s acute concern for the question of translation might help challenge and re-configure the conventional dichotomy between understandings of the body either as physical/material or as socio-culturally constructed. The authors then analyse the questions of translation and untranslatability in relation to interculturality, and explore their implications for thinking the corporeal and the material.

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Thomas Clément Mercier
University Adolfo Ibañez


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