derrida

Derived from the Latin verb gerere, to carry, act, or do, gesture may be conceived in multiple and sometimes conXicting ways: as move- ment intimately and exclusively related to the body and its expressiveness (phenomenology); as conventionalized movement belonging to a system of signiWcation imposed by culture upon the body (semiotics, linguistics, and rhetoric); as movement situated within operating chains responsible for producing knowledge, culture, and even types of consciousness (anthro- pology, paleontology, and Marxism); and as movement that is not exclusively related to the body but generated instead by any apparatus—including the body understood as apparatus—capable of being displaced in space (decon- struction and new media studies). In this volume, we juxtapose a variety of approaches to gesture, each one associated with a different disciplinary or theoretical perspective, in order to draw out the value of the term as a hermeneutic and interdisciplinary tool. We believe that thinking about cultural production and subject construction through the category of ges- ture allows scholars from different domains to move back and forth be- tween an organic, phenomenal understanding of human sign production (as expression or experience based) and a historicist, semiotic understand- ing of how the “human” is itself constructed through gestural routines

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