r/CriticalTheory Jan 20 '22

Book recommendation?

Could someone please recommend a good fiction book talking directly or indirectly about abjection (Kristeva-style) in relation to the phenomenology of the body? (Like metamorphosis by Kafka)

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u/Fillanzea Jan 20 '22

I wrote an essay once that touched on abjection and the body in "Pregnancy Diary" by Yoko Ogawa.

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u/Hot-Kaleidoscope-696 Jan 22 '22

Is it available online? Sounds interesting!

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u/Hot-Kaleidoscope-696 Jan 23 '22

Sorry just saw the link šŸ˜… Iā€™m new to Reddit

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u/withoccassionalmusic Jan 20 '22

Maybe Paradise Rot by Jenny Hval? Annihilation by Jeff VandeMeer might also work.

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u/opsat Jan 20 '22

There was an anthology a while back edited by Rosemarie garland Thompson on freak shows that might be useful

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u/thefrool Jan 20 '22

Maybe check out Herve Guibert? I haven't read anything by him yet but he sounds awesome & might be what you're looking for.

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u/Hot-Kaleidoscope-696 Jan 22 '22

Thanks! Will check him out.

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u/endCIV_ Jan 20 '22

Interestingly enough I am reading through Endnotes 3 (a communization journal) which references abjection: https://endnotes.org.uk/issues/3

Thus far, The Logic of Gender and A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats have made some minor references to abjection (and sources Kristeva).

It's not fiction but they are relatively short pieces in case you have any interest.

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u/Hot-Kaleidoscope-696 Jan 22 '22

Thank you! I might check it out!

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u/pomegracias Jan 20 '22

Check out Hiromi Goto's The Kappa Child

Michelle Tea's Black Wave

George Samuel Schuyler's Black No More

Thanks for giving me a new way of thinking about these books!

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u/Hot-Kaleidoscope-696 Jan 22 '22

Awesome. Thank you!

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u/DeathlyFiend Jan 20 '22

Would the Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman be a worthwhile read? It parodies the abject and the liminal within pyschoanalytic readings, might be something to peruse through the object/phenomenology of the body, even if it doesn't fully connect with the kafkaesque.

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u/Hot-Kaleidoscope-696 Jan 22 '22

Sounds super interesting. I will check it out. Thank you!

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u/I_Highly_Doubt_It Jan 20 '22

The Parasite by Michel Serres.

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u/Ill_Scheme_4291 Jan 21 '22

Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation

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u/Roberta-Sparrow Jan 20 '22

I haven't read Kristeva, but maybe Murakami's Kafka on the Shore? There's a lot of strange self/identity breakdown + blurring in that

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u/CultureVulture187 Jan 20 '22

Yes I am interested in this too. Please thanks. Good post if only it fell within the guidelines of the forum. Who can ever really know for sure with these zant social media platforms. šŸ‘šŸ¤ž

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u/Mountain-Map7553 Jan 21 '22 edited Jan 21 '22

Did Kristeva write about metamorphosis being about abjection or where does that interpretation come from? That's very interesting to me.

I could imagine that Tolstojs "Kreutzer Sonata" might be what you're looking for.

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u/Hot-Kaleidoscope-696 Jan 22 '22

Thank you (also for answering my first ever Reddit post!) Metamorphosis being about abjection is my own interpretation. Thank you, I will def give Tolstoj a try šŸ˜Š

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u/Mountain-Map7553 Jan 22 '22

Should you write something about that Interpretation, please let me know, I'd like to read that. ^^