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cathect

(kə-thĕkt′, kă-)
tr.v. ca·thected, ca·thecting, ca·thects
To invest emotional energy in (a person, object, or idea).

ca·thec′tic adj.
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It explicated Irigaray's account of "normal" female development under patriarchy as a process of interminable mourning in which the little girl lacks the symbolic means of resolving the loss of the mother and so positively cathecting her own female body; in lieu of an ego she therefore cathects a lack which she proceeds to elaborate as such.
Resolutely she embraces numbness, death-in-life, with her kind but boring, much older husband, to whom she is little more than "a restful presence and a compliant body" (48), but her calm domestic silences mask an inner tumult which cathects in longing for her best friend's husband, Jack.
For this desire is a literary desire which cathects onto Mathilda's father the affect associated with the Godwinian hero: an outcast or a kind of sublime abject haunted by some dark secret which is both horrifying and subversive.
This is to say that anachronism, the language that cathects it, and the feelings that attend it, are a central concern of Hyperion both formally and conceptually.