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I explore this contradiction by pushing the boundaries of what the material is capable of, taking it to its structural limits, to the point of possible collapse in order to draw out these seemingly opposite elements of jouissance and abjection.
Welch's polysemic, polyvocal novel takes account of such contradictions, but in the end identifies with the author's fictional persona, Geoffrey Keating, the seventeenth-century Gaelic scholar, poet and priest of Old English extraction, who hopes that the day of the Gaels would come again when their present state of abjection would be reversed.
It is not a bodily waste, something expelled, which according to Barbara Creed's analysis of horror films, signifies abjection (Creed, 252).
This article elaborates on the affective dimensions of abjection and compassion in White's writing.
This essay traces how Northern poetry has given effect to the power of abjection over the last thirty years, in terms of its response to the physical and affective impact of violence, to a degraded polity, and to questions of origin and the maternal.
Wall does particularly fine readings, for example, of the way a play like Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay links male erotic desire to the sight of a woman performing the household chore of making cheese, or the way a a play like Gammar Gurton's Needle reveals the household realm, symbolized by Gammar Gurton's lost needle, as a site of male abjection and also as the male subject's true home.
Using the developmental perspective that characterizes psychoanalytic approaches like Kristeva's, we can see abjection as a lifelong process.
In her book Powers of Horror, Kristeva says of abjection and literature:
On Abjection and Representation as a Technology of Violence
These concepts are not as consistently applied as the introduction suggests, but Rudd argues that the Gothic convention most applicable to the haunting of postcolonial history is abjection.
Using the theme of rape of the black male body within African American literature, Scott explores the ways in which blackness has been constructed through abjection and domination, and the possibilities of empowerment that such racialization can present.
Similarly, he points to how Central Americans are made invisible by "A Latino identity [that] is often constructed through the abjection and erasure of the Central American-American" (186).
Tschumi's appreciation of the Villa's abjection is attributed to his embrace of surreal values--the found, the unexpected, the uncanny--and surrealism's transgressive point of view.
Jamie, however, emphasizes fourteenth-century English mystic Julian of Norwich's suffering, abjection, and sexuality in "Julian of Norwich," creating links between the negative space inhabited by the mystic, the failure of language in the face of the Divine, and the dislocated, postmodern subject.
American culture has long dealt with shifting boundaries through jokes, said John Limon, an English professor at Williams College and author of "Stand-Up Comedy in Theory, Or, Abjection in America.
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