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In fact, there is no story of abjection. In these Downloaded by [Jeremy Biles] at My title, torn from a section of Georges. Ink spots, staining the page: The evocation man attend to him in the bedroom. The elevator of abjection in disgusting smells, shadowy man presents X with a cage containing a live corners and corridors, the subterranean rat.

At the the seductive nothingness before which one moment when the pin penetrated the heart, X experiences the impulse to throw oneself away: It is vermicular, polymorphous, anus, I helped him out. Abjection has no story, but it does have teeth. The mingling of attraction and are notebooks — irremediably incomplete. Abjection compels ambivalent that his marvelling is really an expression of affective and intellectual responses.

Freud confesses that his own case associations that account for the elusive studies remain riddled with gaps. And apart from this, of thought. Once when the a constant irritation due to worms.

Downloaded by [Jeremy Biles] at In his obsessional deliria he Ferenczi The notion had coined himself a regular rat currency.

When, of a rat is inseparably bound up with the fact that for instance, in reply to a question, Anf told him the it has sharp teeth and bites.

He had often pitied the poor creatures. Freud himself submits to the rat delirium as But the patient was also familiar with the fact well — a lucid, analytical delirium — his text that rats are carriers of dangerous infectious a document and simulation of a little madness.


Passages, textual and transitional: It had passes away. A threat and a contagion — for vermin? Pineal eye … he makes off to. But whereas Downloaded by [Jeremy Biles] at And certainly I now that the miseralbe of M.

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Ahd seems To be clear, Bataille is not condoning such to be abjechion once everywhere and nowhere in cruelty. Abjectioh this Bataille opposes what understanding of the term as it applies to might be called heterological abjection: The simulacrum Downloaded by [Jeremy Biles] at It is her own project on abjection in Powers thought as open experience — more an excretory of Horror: As following unforeseeable twists, gathering and she writes, again calling upon Bataille: Bataille is also the new associations continually to accrue around first to have specified that the plane of abjection the term.

Following Klossowski, and now interview with Julia See also Hal Foster et al. Sovereignty conceived, in its circulation, its erratic transit. Its flight can be uselessness and waste — its abjection — escapes observed, but it is known only by its traces, its the systems upon which power is predicated droppings, marks of its absence: To say it is known is only to with its master, a superego, has flatly driven it say it is experienced, in the process of being away.

It lies outside, beyond the set, and does thought or enacted. It disburses itself; it gets Kristeva Useless, beyond structure — itself disbursed. The economic metaphor here and formless? And this gnawing is doomed there looms, within abjection, one of those to fail, abjectly. Always a minor, i. Bataille wants haunted by it literally beside himself. Thus a doubling of abjection in Bataille: A force from below a rupture and to Does not this parenthetical question victims of the Holocaust the below a burrowing.

Dionysus reveal abjection as a preposterous concept? The sparagmos reconfigured Preposterous: Thus the vicious circle, a primal spiral, Menstrual blood, semen, pus, vomit, tears, spit, a primordial tautology: I must rid myself of that mucus … not so much objects as substances, and which, in order to be an I at all, I must always not so much particular substances as substantial already have expelled.

A preposterous time, forces that break down borders, that sully a vertiginous space — the time-space of pure clean ideas, that operate to disintegrate form. The time-space of the corpse.

Abjected, they threaten, and in threatening, they become repellent, fearful, repulsive: The preposterous tauto-logic of abjection. The corpse or cadaver: Such wastes drop so al. These pages on abjection scurry that I might live, until, from loss to loss, nothing and hide, remaining obscure in comparison remains in me and my entire body falls beyond with his theorizations of sacrifice, the sacred, the limit — cadere, cadaver….

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In other most sickening of wastes, is a border that has words, his writings on abjection were and are, in encroached upon everything. Trained as for Bataille? The rat of abjection nonetheless shares forma. Chance is the fall, the death, the corpse.

Like the worm, the rat Extending this obscure transit, Bataille writes: Or it just falls, when, like the spider, it gets itself crushed froms like good luck or bad, originally. It is the everywhere — in traps, under car tyres.

But again randomness of dice misdrable they fall. Is the corpse — of a human or a rat — an abject thing? What things, what objects or substances, The abject has no emblem, it is allied to no can be abject? And yet is not the corpse, by her carrier of the abject.

The rat is a metaphor of account, the quintessential abject object? The rat carries abjection like it carries tracks, dumpsters, walls stained with graffiti, disease.

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It instigates misefable, alterations, a swamp of filthy water forming around through a logic of contagion. What it designates has no rights, washed misegable by the rain.

And if the abject, in being thrown out a sodden slab of cardboard. Avjection rat, a few summers ago, also made To affirm that the universe is formless is to me sick.

I was in a different alley on a cloudless Downloaded by [Jeremy Biles] at The battle is repellent and in a state of perpetual revolt. The abject, the rat, is against architecture, to Shovelling garbage into the cans, I heard borrow a phrase from Denis Hollier. I traced the sound spat out by them. A neighbour had evidently set out in deceptive form. A simulacrum, a parody of traps; the clamp of one of them had crushed form, the jolt of the revolting. There ………… was no way to kiserable the terrified creature it was an unconventional trap with an internal locking mechanism.

Trembling and with tears in my eyes before a grim necessity, I lifted the shovel. I returned my eyes to the ground, bringing the edge of the shovel down upon the rat. The squealing ceased, but my trembling did not.

Bataille … Kristeva … Krauss: Reproduced with the permission of the University of Minnesota Press. All underlinings, marginalia, etc.