julia kristeve

I had a grand plan to discuss Julia Kristeva’s theorization of abjection as part of my lecture on the second half of Frankenstein, but I plumb ran out of time!

Luckily, the concept of the abject fits even better with one of the stories I’m lecturing on tomorrow: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter.”  I am very excited for this because I think that the idea of abjection goes a long way toward making the ways in which women are dehumanized concrete and plain-to-see.

Image by Wilson Swain.