Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of dispersing or casting off spores.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of bringing down or humbling.
  • n. The state of being rejected or cast out.
  • n. A low or downcast state; meanness of spirit; abasement; degradation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of casting away or down; the act of humbling or abasing; abasement.
  • n. The state of being cast down or away; hence, a low state; meanness of spirit; baseness; groveling humility; abjectness.
  • n. Rejection; expulsion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a low or downcast state

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Examples

  • A key point of the notion of abjection is that the abject is or was essentially a part of us in some profound sense.

    What is Literary Fiction?

  • The term “sensation novels” emerges as a profoundly apt encapsulation of the qualities of strangeness this process of abjection is locked onto (and one that is a precursor of “genre fiction” and comparable with “coloured people” in its disregard for the sensationalist content of writers like Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Emily Brontë and countless others in the canon).

    What is Literary Fiction?

  • The thrown-off abject, the product of abjection, is thus the symbolic and disguised repository of that violence and basic otherness-of-the-self-within-itself, the means for staking out a supposed identity over against it.

    Hogle, Introduction, Frankenstein's Dream, Praxis Series, Romantic Circles

  • It doesn’t matter if abjection is motivated by an actual irrational response or if it’s all just a performative show.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • But his love of life is wonderful; I go further: I, who sicken and freeze at the mere thought of him, when I recall the abjection and passion of this attachment, and when I know how he fears my power to cut him off by suicide, I find it in my heart to pity him.

    Henry Jekyll’s Full Statement of the Case

  • But his love of me is wonderful; I go further: I, who sicken and freeze at the mere thought of him, when I recall the abjection and passion of this attachment, and when I know how he fears my power to cut him off by suicide, I find it in my heart to pity him.

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • These essays address those unresolved issues by dealing with several rarely explored aspects or echoes of Frankenstein's dream: its "abjection" of unresolved and interwoven ideological conflicts; the cultural links it reveals between sentimentality and sadism; the inescapable connection between "creation" and parody; the relationship between patriarchal societies and the fecal ejection of its actual foundations; and the ways in which Frankenstein on film echoes the movements and dissolves between images that overwhelm

    About this Volume

  • In this book, I rely on theories of shame and "abjection" developed in the texts of Genet and Jouhandeau to attempt to think about the process of the making of the minority subject, so I came across Sedgwick's thought that came after her 1990 book: she had in fact published a superb article on the sense of shame, which she described as "transformational energy."

    MRZine.org

  • In this book, I rely on theories of shame and "abjection" developed in the texts of Genet and Jouhandeau to attempt to think about the process of the making of the minority subject, so I came across Sedgwick's thought that came after her 1990 book: she had in fact published a superb article on the sense of shame, which she described as

    Upping the Anti - A Journal of Theory and Action

  • Since ultimately all things we can practically identify as "other" must be as much part of the big system of the cosmos as us (else, we can't practically identify them), the act of definition-by-exclusion is, I think, comparable to Kristeva's idea of abjection.

    Archive 2009-05-01

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