Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (European Perspectives) (European Perspectives Series)

FREE Shipping

Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (European Perspectives) (European Perspectives Series)

Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (European Perspectives) (European Perspectives Series)

RRP: £28.00
Price: £14
£14 FREE Shipping

In stock

We accept the following payment methods


In Pouvoirs de l'horreur Kristeva explores abjection, a condition which is fundamental in the formation of identity, where the "abject" subject acts in a transgressive revolt of the Oedipal (sexual) identity and of the sexual specificity.

For example, the blood that is poured on Carrie White (as well as her menstruation blood at the start of the film) are abject because they threaten meaning. The institutions which wield power in the modern world, which she believes to be oppressive and inhumane, are built upon the notion that man must be protected from the abject. I had never seen an amputee before and I was horrified in the same way you might be if you slowed down to look at an accident. In Powers of Horror, Julia Kristeva offers an extensive and profound consideration of the nature of abjection.However, I would quite appreciate anybody to respond with a summary of anything interesting in this book, as I found very little; and I'm very intrigued to find this book got such a high rating from so many readers.

In the presence of signified death—a flat encephalograph, for instance—I would understand, react, or accept. It also helped me to realize how much horror fiction has pulled from ancient and religious sources of abjection. It’s there, too, when, after a certain age, your mother wants to dress you in certain clothes, but you have your own stuff; when your father wants to know how your date went last night, but it went so well that you don’t want to tell him; and when you think about moving back home and sleeping in your old bed with the Spiderman pillowcases. This concept challenges our notions of identity and reveals the fragility of our constructed self-image.

However, I was at least inquisitive, she got me thinking, even if some of her text did go about putting much strain on my grey matter. In theory this simply means that Kristeva uses her personal experience, and the expressed experiences of others to get some idea of what the abject really is. By forcing Carrie to confront and exist with the abject (the blood), she is also forced to experience abjection. Whether she wasn't aware of that information or left it out because it didn't fit her argument, I have no idea. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

It's about the psychological role of disgust and rejection, the innate sense of horror that establishes within us what is acceptable and appropriate, and what's on the other side of that divide. To experience the abject in literature carries with it a certain pleasure but one that is quite different from the dynamics of desire. The power of her work however is that she is able to connect the appeal of horror, of the abject, to the concept of the sublime in a way that finally investigates why we enjoy an attraction to things that would seem only to repulse any sane creature. For one, the attraction of adolescents to horror—and let's face it, they are the primary horror genre demographic for films and to an extent for literature—is something I would like to see her examine, and for that matter, she could even look into the comparative biology of mammals to be either repulsed or attracted to various forms of danger.That said, she could have taken things further: the book is slim in translation (I've yet to see the French original but have no reason to believe it was longer) and there's ample ground she could still cover.

  • Fruugo ID: 258392218-563234582
  • EAN: 764486781913
  • Sold by: Fruugo

Delivery & Returns


Address: UK
All products: Visit Fruugo Shop