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Ghostly Subjects: Towards a Cultural Analysis of the Abjected Self

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Title: Ghostly Subjects: Towards a Cultural Analysis of the Abjected Self
Author: Mumin, Nasra
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: English
Advisor: Chang, Elaine
Abstract: This thesis is concerned with what ruptures the body, renders it inarticulate and meaningless, and the body’s forceful desire to reassert itself against this encroaching terror. The process of abjection elicits a breakdown in the subject which leads to a sense of indeterminateness. I consider this indeterminateness “ghostly” since it highlights both an aporetic ontology that exists between binary categories and carries with it the sense of “haunting” that always bespeaks the violence of abjection. The subjects that are analyzed in this thesis evoke the pain of separation, the loneliness of isolation, the ontological murkiness which elicits a sense of estrangement from the self, and the way the abject is construed as something grotesque which must be warded off in order to keep the cultural body intact.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/14773
Date: 2019-01-09


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