Para-s/cite, Part II. The Paracite

  • Constantine V. Nakassis


Part II of this two-part essay continues part I’s discussion of the parasite and the citation. This essay explores the paracite, that act alongside and beyond citation, a citational act which splits and doubles itself, as citational and yet not-quite citational. Paracitations perforate and exceed the semiotic enclosure of the citation, its play on sameness and difference, identity and alterity. To explore the semiotics of the paracite I discuss Tamil youth’s engagements with (“counterfeit”) global brand garments. In conclusion I suggest that ethnography affords avenues of exploration of these paracites and the performativities they make possible in ways that other methodologies may foreclose.

Keywords: parasite, citation, brand, counterfeit, Derrida, performativity

Image: Louis Vuitton pattern
May 20, 2013
How to Cite
NAKASSIS, Constantine V.. Para-s/cite, Part II. The Paracite. Semiotic Review, [S.l.], n. 1, may 2013. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 mar. 2023.