Of the many Gothic narratives that American Horror Story evokes, none more completely anticipates its involutionary trajectory towards sameness and death, its collapse into undifferentiation
, than Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher' (1839).
The monstrosity of Argos, like that of the gadfly, is a disguised memory of a social plague of vengeance and undifferentiation
in which society implodes and each becomes the enemy double of the other.
What Barnes heralds is the potentiality for a new space, beyond distinctions--a space where there is complete undifferentiation
. Yet this space is hardly new.
(21) Similarities drawn between Derrida and Girard's idea of the pharmakon and between Girard's undifferentiation
and Derrida's la differance are fruitful from a theoretical, as well as from a critical, perspective.
problem of "undifferentiation
." According to Jane Gallop,
As critics such as Baudrillard and writers such as Houellebecq underscore, "it is the culture of difference itself, our humanist ethos itself,' that may "wor[k] most efficiently in the direction of undifferentiation
, of human Xerox copies (26)." The Possibility of an Island points to this possibility but also to a little more heartening scenario, with the human as the "rest" (see the French reste, difference) still in play--still vibrant, unique, "differential"--at the end of all additions, duplications, and calculations.
The first is achieved by thickening the 'wall' between the self and the external world; the second mechanism enhances an illusory lack of barriers between the self and the external world, through the creation of a fictitious mystical undifferentiation
between the self and an external world that becomes being and nothingness, death and love at the very same time" (p.
The downside of this approach is an oppressive undifferentiation
that ultimately causes pic to drag.
No more saline, womb-like undifferentiation
; we are now gendered beings, and are addressed as such: either ladies or gentlemen, fractions shied through Life's gate, as Melville had it.
I can explain the erotics of the mix as it yields interleaved phalloi--ursine and black--only by suggesting that in Go Down, Moses, where categories collapse "maximiz[ing] undifferentiation
," the resultant "mix of mixtures" (Bull 72) excites even as it reaches back towards founding transgressions, and so towards the ledger pages which record for Ike those first transgressions.
Newborn children enter the sensoriphysical structure in a state of psychological undifferentiation
from their environment.