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a.1.Capable of being wounded; vulnerable.
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In this way, to have human rights is understood as an overcoming or a transcendence of the woundable human body, and the various registers of embodied existence are neglected.
What Nick seeks, through the kind of compulsive repetition Freud first discerned in shell-shocked veterans, is to contain and transcend his own bodily abjection, the buried knowledge of his vulnerable, woundable, mortal body that periodically breaks through the text's carefully controlled surface and into his massively defensive psyche: memories of his own wounding in the war and of other scenes of mutilated bodies; compulsively recalled images of gored bulls and bullfighters, humiliated, exhausted, and vomiting matadors, animals with their entrails hanging out; nightmares of men facing imminent execution, one so frightened that he loses control of his sphincter muscle.
By contrast, clay is touchy, wood is as woundable as the flesh it is, the brick has a yeoman worker's price, stolid and prickly.