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Title: "PERHAPS HE WRITES BECAUSE HE IS APHASIC": THE TRANS/FORMATIVE THREAT OF APHASIA IN REVOLUTIONARY WRITING
Authors: CHEW WEI LI
Keywords: Jacques Derrida, Walid Sadek, aphasia, trans studies, language, gender
Issue Date: 21-Jan-2022
Citation: CHEW WEI LI (2022-01-21). "PERHAPS HE WRITES BECAUSE HE IS APHASIC": THE TRANS/FORMATIVE THREAT OF APHASIA IN REVOLUTIONARY WRITING. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We think of aphasia as a condition that presents a threat to our relation to language, and Jacques Derrida wields it to address our fundamental dispossession of the language we use. This paper argues for a consideration of aphasia as, still, a threat, but one that is essential for the survivance of language – that keeps it open and alive to the coming of the other, and builds a foundation for working toward a messianic future. I unspool a thread of what I term ‘aphasic writing’ through the works of Derrida and Walid Sadek, a writer who examines the role of absence and the negative in revolutionary writing, in a world suspended in the present. As we impose the language that is imposed on us in turn upon others that lie outside it, I bring aphasic writing to bear upon the movement toward transgender rights, one that I assert is necessarily and perhaps inherently aphasic.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/231418
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