Pop art suffered an even more direct disavowal
at the hands of Benjamin H.
2) than his disavowals
indicate, and which the final paragraph of the original text points up.
While it is an old joke that politicians are liars and scoundrels, Clinton set a new standard for open and ultimately acceptable mendacity with his finger-waving disavowals
(he didn't have sexual relations with that woman), grotesque distortions (the Branch Davidians who died at Waco were simply "some religious fanatics [who] murdered themselves"), and self-serving historical assessments (the House Republicans should "apologize" to the country for impeaching him--his survival of which, incidentally, he says was one of the great triumphs of his presidency).
He elaborates upon this ethic by repeatedly deploying literal analogues of the performative, in particular, in the interrelationship of the novel's theorizations and metaphors, the identifications and disavowals
of its primary characters and its citations of various literary genres and philosophical schools.
For example, Ezenwa-Ohaeto finds an earlier piece by Ojo-Ade "too severe" on James Baldwin, a judgment which radically deconstructs Ojo-Ade's overly militant disavowals
, particularly within the context of this collection of essays.
Whatever his disavowals
, you can see the Surrealists' effect on his collages and drawings.
In tracing this history, he argues that both projects have largely forgotten or disavowed the disruptive power of the unconscious and have turned away from psychoanalysis and education as emancipatory projects and that these disavowals
are largely to blame for the constant rushing from one failed educational reform to another.
Most artists, in any case, are ecorche specialists--curiosity seekers of the latent, closet neo-Platonists obsessed by appearances that constantly disappoint, perennially stripping the surfaces off materials to see how they work, engaged, despite all disavowals
, in a hunt for their version of the beautiful.
Like "flaneur," "sadomasochist," "vegetarian," or "abstract expressionist," "paparazzo" describes a practice, but also a refined, phantasmatic field of images, allegiances, and disavowals