Objects & Places from Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection

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The Abject

This is the non-linguistic, repressed desire and fear in one's psyche.

Language

This is the only way one can understand the world, and this creates biases and prejudices for how one sees the world.

Oedipus Complex

This developmental conflict says one desires one's mother sexually but is restrained from having her by one's father.

Narcissism

This is the result of the dissolution of the Oedipal triangle and results in no longer seeking an other object.

Phobia

This is an irrational fear which is a metaphorical representation of the abject.

Incest Taboo

This is a nearly universal prohibition in all cultures and it is one of the most obvious and direct results of the abject.

Judaism

This belief, the author says, is based on escaping from the abject and setting a symbolic order in its place.

Levitical Law

The author sees the various dietary, sexual, and ethical...

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