antiself

antiself

(ant?i-self') [ anti- + self (2)]
The abnormal reaction of antibodies or lymphocytes with antigens present in the host. See: autoantibody; autoimmune disease
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She begins to feel that Rosheen and Dizzy signify these two versions of her personality: Dizzy is her pragmatic antiself (sl), the forthright individual who favours actions over words, while Rosheen represents that romantic tendency to hide in the comforting gauze of language.
Declan Kiberd has proposed a convincing analysis of this essential difference between Yeats and Beckett: 'Where this uncovering of the antiself is for Yeats an artistic imperative', Kiberd argues, 'it has for Beckett all the confessional qualities of a religious testimony'.
Pocock's "Enthusiasm: The Antiself of Enlightenment" appeared first in The Certainty of Doubt: Tributes to Peter Munz, edited by Miles Fairburn and W.