Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (European Perspectives) (European Perspectives Series)

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Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (European Perspectives) (European Perspectives Series)

Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (European Perspectives) (European Perspectives Series)

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Kristeva has the idea that we are 'subjects in process' and that there is no such thing as a fixed or stable identity.

Finally, although the abject is constantly present, it must be repelled at all costs because it threatens annihilation. One of the book's most compelling aspects is Kristeva's exploration of the abject as a force that blurs the boundaries between self and other. When on a roll, I also wonder if the desensitization is permanent: suppose your duties (sorry) change, does the desensitization degrade to extinction over time? According to Kristeva, the best modern literature ( Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Marcel Proust, Jorge Luis Borges, Antonin Artaud, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Franz Kafka, etc. From the basic introduction, she delves into a more rigorous definition through different aspects of her subject matter, which in parts became far too complex and challenging for the likes of me.Therefore, abjection is an operation of the human psyche by which the subject creates and maintains identity by repelling or rejecting anything that threatens its boundaries. And then, to a certain extent, she turns it around with an account of horror and prohibition in the Old Testament, how that relates to Judaeo-Christian and Platonic concepts. Not so much that I don’t notice when someone is missing a leg; but to the extent it doesn’t give me nightmares.

For instance, how can you reduce your belly without hating your belly and all those who have big bellies? Depending on your inner ego, depending on how much close to death and horror you have been, this is one of the best books I have ever read.That's my theory, but Freudians take this presence/absence thing into that whole Oedipal castration business; how a child knows a father "has" something down there which mom "has not," is no matter for my speculation (see the dep't.

To be clear: there's a high amount of Makes-Sense in this book, but it requires you to read each instance of the word "phallus," for example, as "concept of the law," etc.The orphaned turd, once of us, is now abject, viscerally other, yet unlike many other others it has no function; it has no place; it has no purpose: it is shit. The only real downside to this book is that reading it requires you to translate every damn thing from Freud to Makes-Sense.

In Pouvoirs de l'horreur Kristeva explores abjection, a condition which is fundamental in the formation of identity, where the "abject" subject acts in a transgressive revolt of the Oedipal (sexual) identity and of the sexual specificity. Important to this book and all others in its field is the idea that the identity of things is not just maintained by what they are, but by what they are not.

the topic is in depth beyond any capacity i was imagining, took me two full weeks of attentive reading and rereading just to get through the two hundred pages.

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