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In Africology, A Transmutative Hypothesis, written almost a decade ago, I broached the leadership force, though I did not use the term then.
In such courtly scenes that involve tropes concerning the quest for the inaccessible, beloved lady, crystal manifests a transformative, transmutative, and fluid nature that resists being reduced to a state of reification: a philosopher's stone, the duality of the mirror, a state of knowledge and individual metamorphosis symbolized by the crystal as object.
George Hagman (2000) called this action "transmutative externalization", which helps the artist to reestablish his inner coherency "not through the accrual of self-structure, but through alteration of the artwork" (p.