• LibraryThing
  • Book discussions
  • Your LibraryThing
  • Join to start using.

Abjected body

Philosophy and Theory

Join LibraryThing to post.

This topic is currently marked as "dormant"—the last message is more than 90 days old. You can revive it by posting a reply.

May 4, 2007, 4:10pm Top

Kristeva maintains that abjection is particularly ambiguity itself, because it does not completely extricate the subject from what represents a threat to his being, but it disposes him to everlasting menace (Pouvoir de l’horreur 17). How can abjection generate ambiguity? Can it be a mechanism of exclusion? If yes, Whose body is abjected?

Sep 23, 2007, 3:12pm Top

It seems to me you have stated the issue very well as the body caught between fear and hope for freedom from fear. But surely Kristeva would acknowledge the attaction, however unwilling, that causes the subjected to be attracted to the superior and the qualities represented by or thought to be inherent in it/them. Certainly this is clear in slavery and Holocaust studies, or have I misunderstood your question?

Group: Philosophy and Theory

1,560 members

1,866 messages


This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic.


No touchstones

You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,031,291 books! | Top bar: Always visible