This notion of assimilation ties in with the motif of eating in trauma fiction, where, as Ronald Granofsky notes, it frequently represents a drive to survival, and where it is often depicted in relation to "psychological regression and fragmentation" (16), or as symbolizing "the necessity to assimilate raw experience" (14): "the concept of devourment
Might its force, its power, its greatest force, its absolute potency be, in essence and always in its last instance, a power of devourment
Take the rip-roaring speed metal guitar on "Graveyard Devourment
," or the catchy hooks on "Meet Me in the Graveyard.
Cannibalism, the play's central metaphor, provides a mechanism by which victims and victors debase each other, producing an ethical landscape controlled by variegated forms of devourment
Croce seems here to abandon his argument regarding the canon as he yields to the pure pleasures of the list; or perhaps he aims to signal the vulnerability of entertainment literature as such to the gluttonous canon's devourment
of disenfranchised forms.
in Birkin, both the split between spiritual and sensual love, with the concomitant fear of devourment
by women, and the search for protective nurturance in an idealizing merger with another man are displacements of the son's needs, derived both from reactivated archaic selfobject needs and from phase-appropriate needs in the present, for a responsive selfobject matrix.