Sunday, June 15, 2008

Julia Kristeva - Powers Of Horror - p. 45

"Abjection - at the crossroads of phobia, obsession, and perversion - shares the same arrangement. The loathing that is implied in it does not take on the aspect of a hysteric conversion: the latter is a symptom of an ego that, overtaxed by a "bad object" turns away from it, cleanses itself of it, and vomits it. In abjection, revolt is completely within being. Within the being of language. Contrary to hysteria, which brings about, ignores, or seduces the symbolic but does not produce it, the subject of abjection is eminently productive of culture. Its symptom is the rejection and reconstruction of languages."