boundary 2 28:2, 2001. Copyright Â© 2001 by Duke University Press. boundary 2 / Summer 2001 ecological on the global. Globalism is registered as a moment. The end or the beginning of history, the omnipresent ï¬gure of simultaneityâthe Lexus and the olive treeâand the related threat of belatednessâare we global enough?âare among its temporal registers.1 Globalismâs emergence as a problematic 2âa philosophical or political problem on which one must take a position that newly orients knowledge, cultural, theoretical, and narrative productionâcan also be read as a sign of the supersession of the global as space. Indeed, an Aufhebung of the material/spatial has become a clichÃ© of boosterist globalismâs ad copy. Disintermediation is the corporate goal: the erasure of distance through communicational, media, or distribution-system breakthroughs. We are said to be witnessing, to mix the temporal and the spatial in the logic of Francis Fukuyamaâs thesis, the end of space.3 This has created some political and analytical difï¬culties. Concepts such as region, place, and the local emerge as counterglobalities, material ï¬xities in the global-temporal swirl. But from what position, from what place, would a global thought articulate itself? From where would the global represent itself? As English and comparative
boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture – Duke University Press
Published: Jun 1, 2001
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