Rather than pursuing the difficulties of Earl's, Kenny's, or Angeline's Oedipal anxieties, Hurston details the excremental
depths into which the mother falls.
In a recent article entitled "Excremental
Colonialism," Warwick Anderson draws attention to the crucial role played by clean bodies--imagined in almost transcendental terms--in the modernization and development enterprises of colonialism.
En Bella y oscura, la realidad excremental
de la abuela se revela durante su agonia: "sufria ahora la humillacion de un organismo sin control, sucio y descompuesto.
Perhaps that logic is more inclusive than exclusive, more incremental than excremental
. Perhaps women's sublimations are not as easily propelled by a reactive anal disgust?(9) For example, Cixous and other feminist writers imagine multiple libidinal points of origin for different kinds of sublimatory productions based not on an expulsive distancing from but on a proximity to the body.
While the former (excremental
) approach understands desire on the basis of lack and subjectivity in dualist terms, the latter (excess of femininity) emphasizes the positivity and performability of desire and the power of the feminine to redefine the symbolic.
Scatalogical content is a staple in satirical and parodic verse, where the pseudo-shocking notion that female bodies, too, engage in excremental
activity is a conventional revelation.
The figurative expression of the subject's sense of worthlessness, the embarrassment he feels for an excremental
self, become impossible to communicate because "les metaphores utilisees pour faire honte, si elles [sont] evoquees au cours du deuil [...
Figures like Armah and Beckett or Swift and Soyinka or, indeed, Joyce, exude, in Esty's eyes, an 'excremental
vitality' which is symptomatic of 'excremental
postcolonialism' in general.
We can see it in the notes he makes for his Inquiry and his "excremental
vision" generally, (6) and in his choice of residence in a hotel where he pays the bill a day at a time and even compares his breakfast with the condemned man's final meal, a bravado undone by his explanation of it: "Don't think, I beg you, that I fear not living to get nay money's worth if I pay too far ahead: lose money I might, but fear of losing it, never" (50).
47) calls the 'excremental
origin of speech', such a comparison also means that Valentino's goal is to be remembered as someone who is able to create his own 'discorso'.
As Miller notes, these observations are hardly new: "The entire Latin Christian discourse of sin depended on the conceptualization of sin and hell as raising excremental
stenches and loathsome prospects."