O processo de alienacao implica, desse modo, uma divisao no sujeito diante de uma escolha que se oferece como forcada entre aquilo que e da ordem do sentido oferecido pela representacao pelo significante (pelo Outro) e a ameaca de sua aphanisis
. E nesse contexto de ameaca de desaparicao que a questao da escolha forcada entre o sentido e o ser nao concerne a uma falsa escolha (na qual, sendo forcada, somente haveria uma), mas, ao contrario, constitui o modelo mesmo de toda escolha genuina.
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).
A-pathetic and senseless, this vocal intruder presents as an audio counterpart of the earlier light figure, one that suspends consciousness' shadow-play with an even more deep-seated aphanisis
. If, previously, cinematic light permanently deflected the subject's emergence into an external world of spatial extension, sound now interferes with the coordinates of his inner sense.
O incarnat seria, portanto, uma trama temporalizada da superficie e da profundidade, visto que configura uma dialetica imprevisivel de aparicoes (epiphasis) e de desaparecimentos (aphanisis
) (Cartaxo, 2006: 23).
Through her desire for death and the slow movement toward a psychosis inducing self-conflation with the Real, she unveils for us what Lacan calls "the important risk" of "aphanisis
," quite simply "the loss of desire" and the dissolution of one's status as a desiring subject that may result from pursuit of the Real past (309).
Rather than ripping down England's ivy and either leaving it strewn across the cemetery or replacing it with plastic plants, Giles looks for the gaps in the foliage, a transatlantic aphanisis
, in dogged fashion, as his vocabulary confirms.
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.
"Persons in Pieces: Race and Aphanisis
in Light in August." Mississippi Quarterly 49.3 (1996): 497-518.
 Indeed the spectral Lee does nothing short of consolidating the paradoxical desire embraced by Christianity for prohibited, indefinitely postponed corporeal pleasure vis-a-vis the "unsecured" woman (see Keenan), the non-fulfillment of which is only ever furthered through containment, rather than fundamentally reversed or rectified, by positive phantasies of lack (Lacan's "aphanisis