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Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677887

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677887.001.0001

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The Wild Child

The Wild Child

Politics and Ethics of the Name

(p.141) Five The Wild Child

Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the feral or wild child, as Jacques Derrida’s ethical injunction to a certain silence in the context of hospitality in relation to an extreme figure outside the law. It discusses the wild child in a political example of what Giorgio Agamben terms “inoperativity”, encountering crucial questions regarding the operational elements that articulate law and language. Unlike gypsies who are marked as rogues due to secret languages, the wild child is silent and does not speak, occupying a zone of indistinction between human and animal where language is revealed in its capacity to be semantic and asemantic.

Keywords:   wild child, Jacques Derrida, silence, Giorgio Agamben, inoperativity, semantic, asemantic

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