from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, the washing out of a cavity or canal from within outward.
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Kaufman's subtle, dialectical negotiations of "retrojection" and radical genealogy are just right for this complex topic, a form of literary history that brilliantly illuminates the importance of the Shelley-Brecht "line."
So it is very easy for us to do something called "retrojection," that is, to inject our current epistemology into the past - an error.
The ancients saw a cow give birth to a cow, give birth to a cow, etc; and they logically extended this phenomenological experience to an original cow [termed "retrojection"
After considering this way of reading the story, some may find themselves all the more eager to treat the story as a retrojection of dialogue between later Jews and Christians onto the lips of Jesus and Nicodemus.
I know that many childless couples cite fears of 'overcrowding' as justification for their failure to reproduce - my brother is a perfect example - but I see no evidence to suggest that this is anything but a retrojection, a post fact attempt to clothe what is essentially a self-ish decision in a modishly respectable garb.
The use of this story today to claim one realm for religion and another for obedience to the state, the idea that there were two separate spheres in the state and religion then at all, is a grotesque retrojection of later interpretations into 1st Century Palestine.
The retrojection (the analogizing, arguably anachronistic application to Shelley) of Marxian, Marxian-inflected, and Frankfurt rubric has, with a few exceptions, proceeded without awareness of a remarkably direct literary trajectory that runs in the opposite direction: from Shelley right to the charged debates of the Frankfurt School and artists alongside it.
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