Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection Summary
Julia Kristeva

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Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection Summary

Kristeva examines the notion of abjection—the repressed and literally unspeakable forces that linger inside a person's psyche—and traces the role the abject has played in the progression of history, especially in religion. She turns to the work of Louis-Ferdinand Celine as an almost ideal example of the cathartic, artistic expression of the abject.

Kristeva begins with what she calls a "phenomenological" investigation of the abject. This means...

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