ABSTRACT

It is precisely the primordial operation of the organism that is at stake in the cultural debates surrounding the virtual body and it is entirely to Millon’s credit that he understands this to be of direct concern to the social and cultural significance accorded the body: “The analysis of the virtual body … thus participates in a more global reflection on the manner in which our culture understands the body … [and] especially the way in which … it constructs a singular image of this body.” Here, virtual reality is shown to comprise a chance for our culture to affirm

the body as the primordial agency that it is, one that, as we have seen, includes imaging as part of its constituting power. The analysis of the virtual body thus constructs an “object that is a dense and opaque body, a body that has its limits and its weaknesses, an intimate body and one that, especially, refuses transparence and total clarity [netteté]” (18).