Disarticulate and Dysarticulate
This introductory chapter briefly describes the “disarticulate” and explores his functions. Defined as someone outside the linguistic loop, the disarticulate is a figure situated at the boundary of the social-symbolic order, or who is imagined to be there, and at that liminal place, there is no adequate terminology. One cannot even quite determine whether he is an object of desire or revulsion. As disarticulate, the figure is blocked from language, standing at the convergence of all of language's impasses: those of injury, trauma, neurological variation, socio-political silencing, and the working of language itself as language plots its own aporias. The chapter argues that the dys-/disarticulate is also a representation of a human being living as an individual subject in a social world. And as a person perceived and figured as “other,” he becomes the focus of ethical considerations.
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