n French Studies in Southern Africa - La mondialisation « elliptique » de Derrida à la faveur d'un jeu de mots : 9/11 et




Focusing mainly on (published in English as ), this article offers a reading of Derrida's notion of mondialisation in which the more specifically philosophical argument, related to the metaphor of the ellipsis, is developed against the backdrop of a more literary procedure, namely that of wordplay. Central to this approach are two words (proper nouns) generally associated with globalization () at least within an Anglo-American frame of reference, namely "9/11", commonly used to indicate the one event that inaugurated a certain "hostile" globalization dominated by questions of security, control and authority, and "Internet", presenting itself, by contrast, as one of the most common metaphors for expressing a benign, "hospitable" globalization reflecting openness and free association. Appearing at first glance to be in direct opposition (for example "actual" as opposed to "virtual"), the two words are considered in relation to certain Derridian concepts - hostility/hospitality, event, structure - through which they show themselves largely amenable to Derrida's "elliptical" , a complementarity which can also be confirmed in a particular play of the two words themselves.


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