The term abjection literally means "the state of being cast off". The term has been explored in post-structuralism as that which inherently disturbs conventional identity and cultural concepts. Abjection prevents the absolute realization of existence, completing the course of biological, social, physical, and spiritual cycles. The abject is, as such, the process that separates from one's environment what "is not me". Kristeva's concept of abjection is used commonly to explain popular cultural narratives of horror, and discriminatory behavior manifesting in misogyny , homophobia , and genocide. The concept of abjection builds on the traditional psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan.
Julia Kristeva: Powers of Horror, Black Sun
Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection () – Caitlin Duffy
Kristeva, Julia. Approaching Abjection. Thea Harrington — — Hypatia 13 1: In response to Carolynn, i think she says that the expellation of waste constitutes kkristeva only the borders of the body, but constitutes the border between life and death. The Work of Julia Kristeva.
The Exorcist Kristevas Theory Of Abjection Applied To A Fragment
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In horror films especially, though often showing up in psychological thrillers, is a moment on the screen that disrupts the rolling of the film—a growing crack in the wall, the movement of an inanimate object, the ominous glance of a distant character which up until now we thought nothing of. The abject is the moment in the film, when you come to realize that the flow of logic unrolling before you, is about to be halted by something other, or, when you come to realize that you were tricked into that logic, but in fact were on a very different trajectory from the beginning. Here, this non object, which stands opposed to me and I still attend to as an object, settles me into a desire for meaning, but being a non object, it draws me toward the place where meaning collapses.