What this shift in subject positions through butterflies suggests is the burst of the Real since it becomes similar to abjection
as developed by Kristeva and it connotes to a regressive state to the Real where no subjectivity is established.
I would hypothesize that Latino poetics has always done its cultural work between the poles of ascendance and abjection
This label, I realize, might seem more immediately applicable in the case of Violette Leduc, who wore her abjection
on her metaphorical sleeve and took her abject self as the almost unvarying subject of her writing, or of Monique Wittig, who took the abjection
of women and ran with it, making it into a war cry and going so far as to proclaim that not only was one not born a woman (pace Beauvoir), but one could actually manage to come out the other side and not be a woman at all if one were a lesbian.
Kristeva's formulations of abjection
and adolescence reveal how projections can occur in the direction of the past, for example, in recollections of a younger self or in generalizations about youth.
feast contains formal signifiers of abjection
which act as multiple layers of meaning, signalling internalised codes and allowing access to what lies beneath the aesthetic.
activates a dynamic relationship in which its presence becomes necessary to determine the subjective self.
I would suggest that the horror of gauna functions in a similar way, and it is here precisely a horror activated, as it were, by abjection
itself, by flesh-without-reason, denuded of qualities, flesh that insists, repulsively, on nothing but absorption and reproduction.
One can also take into account what Iris Marion Young presents on the topic of abjection
Nel rilevare queste evidenti sfasature, il lettore esperisce un traumatico processo di "estraniamento" e passa attraverso una fase di abjection
analoga e parallela a quella dei personaggi Dante e Stephen Dedalus.
Finally, Chapter 4 returns to theories of abjection
and reads Paradise Regained against Samson Agonistes to raise "questions about how the Son of God seeks to overcome the politics of undeserved dominion" (4).
Chapters 2, 3, and 4 provide careful analyses of the works of Gombrowicz from various angles related to the categories of abjection
outlined in the first chapter.
She pushes beyond conventional readings of the image as reflecting mere abjection
and eroticism and proposes instead that we see America, with hand outstretched towards Amerigo, as an empowered female body.