1) Most importantly, it offers a reading guide for the rest of the text, as the protagonist provides the reader with both the story and his own interpretation of its meaning, and it can therefore be read as a synecdoche for the entire novel, a work that depends on the development of a necrophilic
The public bridles during the necrophilic
stage of a news cycle.
This means that neoliberalism has entered its necrophilic
stage, or what Panayota Gounari has called 'neoliberal necrophilia'.
Moving beyond a necrophilic
attachment to the corpse, the specimen recalls the allure of the phantom limb: an entity felt most acutely in its vacancy.
Whether Waugh means to endorse or caution against hedonism in Vile Bodies seems less relevant to this discussion than his tendency to make death ecstatically funny and to suggest a relationship between love and death similar to the one he would later work out in The Loved One, with its loaded names ("Aimee Thanatagenos") and its necrophilic
implication that "the loved one" is always a euphemism for "the dead one.
3) Martha Gever, 'The Spectacle of Crime Digitized: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Social Anatomy', European Journal of Cultural Studies, 8, 2005, 445-63; Sue Tait, 'Autoptic Vision and the Necrophilic
Imaginary in CSI', International Journal of Cultural Studies, 9, 2006, 45-62; Elke Weissmann and Karen Boyle, 'Evidence of Things Unseen: The Pornographic Aesthetic and the Search for Truth', in Michael Allen (ed.
Hinkelammert, Dussel, and Agamben coincide in focusing on this revolutionary, liberating, critical dimension of Paul's work, namely in seeing him as a critic of a legality that becomes necrophilic
, but not so as to renounce the law, but to affirm the power of the law, so long as this never ceases to be guided by what Hinkelammert calls the source of its discernment and reflexivity.
Nevertheless, the fear that both Rodriguez Julia and Quique Bird express toward the multitude's necrophilic
desire speaks, in a less obvious way, to the potential sacralization of the figure of the dead father.
Thinking Belton is dead, Zakeland, exuding necrophilic
zeal, stands over his naked form with scalpel intent on dismemberment: "Dr.
Uttered from a secular perspective in its sense of heartless, brutal, vicious, necrophilic
7) In addition he himself wrote several Gothic-inspired sequences such as his "Hallucinations on a Dead Hand" which served as the basis for a famous Hollywood horror film, The Beast with Five Fingers (1945), (8) and one Gothic short story, "Menage a Trois" in which an alluring beauty shrouded inside a coffin provides a jolt of necrophilic
Their affection is the novel's first depiction of romantic love that is not marred in some way: it is neither obsessive nor self-obliterating, neither necrophilic