Relegating Julia's trauma and loss to the spectral edges of the real, her derealization not only safeguards notions of human exceptionalism by expunging alternative iterations of behavior and embodiment, it becomes its own form of violence, a violence that, despite its destructive and very real impact, remains hidden, rendered spectral by the victim's derealized
The viewer's sense of the world is already derealized
. Starship Troopers fascism lies not just in the Federation's government structure or leadership, which can be satirized and reveled in simultaneously, but, as Telotte argues, in the "fascist spirit of control incubated in a derealized
environment." (36)--that is, in the fact that viewers may laugh at the Network's manipulations but then believe sincerely in its cause, because the stakes--human existence-are so high, and the film never moves beyond the militaristic narrative promulgated by the Network.
Human relationships are derealized
as the subject is continually reproduced and her living body retreats behind so many images.
But encountering a book sliced, severed, nailed to a support, glued tight, bolted to others unopenable like it, or otherwise derealized
as reading site always has the aura of the censor and the incendiary about it, the stench of fascism and disempowerment.
Over and against the derealized
status of commodified tokens submitted to merchant exchanges, over and against a thirst for property conveyed by the stuttering utterances constituting the discourse of hollow men who cannot fully survive under the onslaught of insecure formulations, the narrative voice insinuates a sense of dogged permanence: that of nature, that of industrial landscapes of meaningless waste (244-5, 663), that of the physical features of the world we live in.
de P, one of the most visible of his Sapphists, is no less an apparition than her fellow prisoners, all identified as practicing Sapphists by Roumagnac, but derealized
, to borrow Castle's term, by his narrative.
For Freud, Vidler says, "unhomeliness" was "the fundamental propensity of the familiar to turn on its owners, suddenly to become defamiliarized, derealized
."(27) Themes of anxiety and fear connected to a sudden and unexpected transformation of reality are suited, historically speaking, to times of war, the break-up of states and general insecurity.
Scott Romine explains how the Agrarian concept of "place" has been used to constitute the category of "southern" literature and notes that, as the consensus supporting such a concept evaporates, much regional writing has become decadent and derealized
. While changing understandings of how spaces constitute identities may prove problematic for literary production, Jon Smith finds them productive within contemporary musical subcultures: in a psychoanalytic reading of white southern masculinity, he argues that ironic uses of conventional regional tropes can be used to disrupt and subvert narcissism.
The reality it depicts is consistently derealized
Film audiences temporarily assume a position of perspecuity when they "see through" the delusions of characters victimized by the Kulturindustrie; nevertheless, the scenes' reflexivity ensures that both viewers and characters inhabit the same derealized
"The gender-crossing of the masochist," he writes, "does not trigger an identical transformation in the woman" (46), but rather, "[t]he woman is derealized
by being given a meaning only within the huge and shifting parameters of masculinity" (20).