This essay explores Leo Bersani’s relationship to deconstruction, arguing that although his thinking about language and signification is indebted to the deconstructive tradition, he ultimately departs from this tradition in his structural understanding of desire qua habit. A close reading of a sentence from Homos forms the refrain for a discussion of the ontology of sexuality, the exclusionary nature of desire, resistances of self and world, and the nature of habit.

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