n.1.Each particular taken singly; distinction.
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In this sense the matrixial is a principle of severality (at least two) that supplements the phallic processes of separation, and is the basis for ethical encounter--an encounter that does not destroy or paralyse the other, but allows the other to be, without colonization, intrusion, or knowing.
If there were always at least two, if the subject emerges out of co-affective exchange under the conditions of severality, then subjectivity is the singularization (or unity) of being with others in such a way that we cannot know or predict.
It is a kind of "I-am-already-out-there" effect that marks participation in severality.
Both the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation testify to the diffusion of authority in postrevolutionary America as they figure the United States as a federation of states that, in their severality, retain a great many sovereign prerogatives.
Other important historical moments that inform the novel are the Dawes Land Severality Act of 1887, the Indian Reorganization Act in 1934, and the building of dams on several Montana rivers in the 1940s.
The trajectories and effects of the matrixial field shed light on sexual difference as a question that women direct not to a man, but to another woman-m/Other-encounter, to a subject conceived as alike-non-same, from whom one is differentiating-in-joining and from whom one in severality can open a distance but only in proximity.
In numerous poems, Zagajewski has proven not only exceptionally sensitive to the severality of the I/non-I and the self as something small that "lodges between / granite blocks, between serviceable / truths" and that "camps in the Rocky Mountains of the skull" ("The self"; Zagajewski, 2004:31), but also finely attuned to traces/ remnants of phantasm and trauma in Self and Other(s).