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Kristin Czarnecki (Georgetown College)
My paper examines Beckett’s novel Molloy through the lens of Julia Kristeva’s Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (1982). “There looms, within abjection, one of those violent, dark revolts of being,” Kristeva states, “directed against a threat that seems to emanate from an exorbitant outside or inside” (1), a concept resonating with Molloy and its characters’ twinned physical and psychic declines. Molloy and Jacques Moran face the uncertainty of being and memory in conflicted and conflicting self-reflexive narratives, each inexorably driving toward a state of abjection. “I experience abjection only if an Other has settled in place and stead of what will be ‘me,’” Kristeva writes (10), elucidating Molloy and Moran’s immersion into each other after “a vortex of summons and repulsion places the one haunted by it [the revolt of being] literally beside himself” (1).
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