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.
Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection
This involves the violent disgust response of abjection
, which begins when the child first distinguishes between the inside and the outside of the body and correspondingly differentiates self from other, subject from object--oppositions necessary to the constitution of the body as a unified whole and the linking of subjectivity to the body's form and limits.
In the very process of excluding filth and pollution, abjection
is enshrined at the centre of culture: the taboo object provokes fear, disgust, and fascination.
Kristeva observes that "There looms, within abjection
, one of those violent, dark revolts of being, directed against a threat that seems to emanate from an exorbitant outside or inside, ejected beyond the scope of the possible, the tolerable, the thinkable" (1982, 1).
Literature, she says, "may also involve not an ultimate resistance to but an unveiling of the abject: an elaboration, a discharge, and a hollowing out of abjection
through the Crisis of the Word" (Kristeva 208).
In Powers of Horror, Kristeva (1982, 2) conceptualizes abjection
as something that is neither subject nor object, something that defies the boundaries and dichotomies imposed by the symbolic order through which the subject is formed.
This ambiguous construct refers to Australia's status as both exotic 'other' and outflying penal colony for Britain, as well as to the success story of multiculturalism built on the violent abjection
of Aboriginal presence from the land and history.
Beauvoir's concept of annihilation and Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection
both inform the way Jamie handles this question in "Julian of Norwich" In speaking about "women in love" Beauvoir explains that a woman destroys her Ego in order to open herself up to her lover; she wants nothing more than "to merge with him" desires "a complete destruction of the self, abolishing the boundaries that separate her from the beloved" (650).
of Female Sexual Desire in Indian Christianity: A Pastoral Theological Analysis.
The discussion of flesh in the Gospel of John assumes that carnality necessarily involves shame: "In the joying, there is both a shaming abjection
of flesh and a passage through the boundlessness of abjection
into the infinitude of sublimity" (47).
The primary text includes the following essays: Linda Shenk, "Gown Before Crown: Scholarly Abjection
and Academic Entertainment under Queen Elizabeth I" (19-44); Paul D.