The idea that what becomes excess of us, like our shit, our vomit, the parts of ourselves we leave behind, causes horror
This is (most of) chapter one of Kristeva's book, Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, trans. Leon S. Roudiez (New York: Columbia UP, 1982):
When failing, mortality, catastrophe,
noise, unpredictability, loss of control, nonorganicity, and contingency become
the predominant components of the body, this means that a major redefinition
of subjectivity is at play, one that seeks to displace the conception of the
subject as presence to the detriment of the abjected female body, which represents
lack and absence, to a conception of the subject as both presence and absence,
pattern and randomness.
C. Ross, "Redefinitions of abjection in contemporary performances of the female body," Res 31: Anthropology and Aesthetics
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Boundaries between inner and outer breached, ruptured, penetrated; a man is penetrated.