20190926_040837820.pdf - Elliott can recognise but nonetheless an abject about which he seeks to find out more I view this film in a way that opens up a

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Elliott can recognise, but, nonetheless, an abject about which he seeks to find out more. I view this film in a way that opens up a space in which to discuss one’s possibility of shifting position through processes of expanding the domain of the abject. 2. Expanding the Domain of the Abject Elliott cannot help thinking of the alien creature. Riding his bicycle into the forest, Elliott distributes small, round, colourful chocolate balls on the ground, probably to feed the alien creature, or to guide it to his home with the path of chocolates as a lure. Elliott is in a double bind: a longing for more contact with this creature, and a need to reject it. The abject body, to Elliott, threatens engulfment. At this stage, most people, like the man who encountered me in the street, try to repudiate it. However, Elliott is different. - 245 - Seeking to find out what exactly this creature is, he feels both fear of and fascination with the creature. In this section, I shall open up a new concept of abjection, that is, abjection that seeks to find a means of incorporating the ‘Other’ into the self. Under a crescent moon, Elliott lies down in a sleeping bag on a terrace chair with his torch set so that he can catch a look at the alien. He suddenly hears some noises in the shed. He is fully awake and sees the small creature coming out of the shed. Motionless and initially speechless with fear, Elliott eventually exclaims in a very soft voice: “Mom, Mom, Mom, Michael, Michael, Mom!!” It is a frightening moment for Elliott as the alien moves closer and closer to touch him with two long fingers. Elliott’s body reacts to the touch. Rather than touching him, the alien has simply come to return the chocolate balls to Elliott and places them on Elliott’s sleeping bag. In order to invite the alien into the house, Elliott leaves more chocolate balls as a path to his bedroom. In complete view for the first time, the alien has a rough, brown skin surface, a big globular head, huge blue eyes, an elastic neck, long fingers, a gourd-shaped body, short legs, and large webbed feet.47 As a spectator, I was on the verge of both denying and accepting the alien with which my classmates identified me.
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