Prurience is not the effect of formal intervention, of the imposition of the filmmaker's will, but rather of its subtraction, its aphanisis
(in the Lacanian sense: the fading of the subject).
Lacan argues that in the psychosomatic a "signifying induction at the level of the subject [occurs] in a way that does not bring into play the aphanisis of the subject" (Fundamental 227).
As Beloved "joins" with Sethe, Beloved becomes the suffering that Sethe will not allow to disappear, the interior self that Sethe will protect from aphanisis at all cost.
In Lacan's framework, the ideal of self-certainty is subtended by the slippage of signifiers and the aphanisis
(or "fading") of the subject as one signifier provisionally standing in for others.
Holderlin's writing, in contrast, as the article by Ulrike Kistner demonstrates, derives from the aphanisis
of the gods.
Persons in Pieces: Race and Aphanisis
in Light in August.
His essay is part of a larger project that he is currently working on, involving romantic aphanisis
and sensation, portions of which have also appeared in MLG and diacritics.
, implosion, Fury of the Verschwindens" (39).
12) For a discussion of aphanisis
in The Black Curtain, cf.
Closely related to the division installed within the "Great Divide", and corresponding to it in form, is a double aphanisis
of the gods/God--the recession of the God who had imposed an interdiction on the gods.
Thus Passing's title, like the title of Larsen's earlier Quicksand, hints at the subject's disappearance in the narrative, or the possibility of aphanisis
, which Jacques Lacan defines in The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis as the disappearance of the subject behind the signifier.
emerges in the field of the Other and represents the subject for another signifier, which other signifier has as its effect the aphanisis
of the subject" (Four Fundamental Concepts, p.