besmirch

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smear so as to make dirty or stained

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We can hardly, then, be too surprised that the reviewers tend to repeat the detestation that they claim at the same time to abhor: encountering Sanctuary as vomit, they hate the novel and expel it from their purview; forced to visualize their expectorative investment in it, they judge it negatively in a secondary repulsion and encourage us to do so as well in order to be saved from the madness that comes from a vomitory besmirchment of vision.
I will return at the end of this essay to describe the effects of such a besmirchment on attempts to read Sanctuary "thematically" and, in particular, on what the, book has to say about gender.
It signals the enactment, within this first scene, of a drama that repeats and textually amplifies the modal derangement I've been describing, recasting that mode as the "content" of Sanctuary and permeating the novel's thematic register with the formal effects of an optical besmirchment that the novel will now explicitly link to a confrontation with oral expulsiveness.