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ethereal

Chem of, containing, or dissolved in an ether, esp diethyl ether
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Thus literature is etherealized by assuming for its medium the human voice; and knowledge, depositing all its heavier particles, except, doubtless, its gold becomes exhaled into a sound, which forthwith steals into the ever-open ear of the community.
What shatters his illusions is the realization that while even an urbane--and urban--gentleman such as himself can master physical labor, it is physical labor that, proving impervious to any attempt at transfiguring, idealizing, and romanticizing it, will end up mastering him and his companions: "The clods of earth, which we so constantly belabored and turned over and over, were never etherealized into thought.
In her seminal 1978 work, Illness as Metaphor, Susan Sontag traced the ways in which literature and the arts have reflected such constructions of consumption, portraying it as an illness that "dissolved the gross body, etherealized the personality, expanded consciousness" (19-20) and that thus could serve as a metaphor both for entrapment within and for transcendence of the material realities of emergent modernity.
Postmoderns have even further etherealized marriage into an impossible dream of libidinous delight and emotional bliss.
The figure of a woman undressed between two men with "her cunt shaved clean" delineates an excessively embodied space that countermands Wright's leitmotif of etherealized landscapes.