chapter  2
Corpus Delicti The Body as the Scene of Writing
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The excessive identity of the sign swells like an illicit pregnancy that wit­ nesses an improper breaching of borders. This moral stain of disrespect is at the very heart of the sign, its irreducible essence. The perceptible and intel­ ligible parts o f the sign (signifier and signified) entirely betray their defining difference, incorporating what the bar that separates them would legislate as “other.” Yet in the delirium of this copulation difference is not undone but rather reinvested with itself, fissured through with an involvement that trans­ forms and complicates its original identity.