We have dealt in detail with the claims of these mothers for an apology from the Commonwealth elsewhere, but we revisit them briefly in the final section of this article in light of the recently tabled report for the purposes of a pointed comparison between the de-Indigenization of Australian reconciliation politics with what we identify as a progressive despecification
in the politics of national regret in Australia.
Fanon configures national culture as a mode of the specific, understood as a collective, relational process of despecification
which, to borrow Hallward's words, constitutes a mode of collective subjec-tivation that moves "from the specified to the specific, without yielding to the temptation of the singular" (48), and is nothing other than "the conversion of determination into specific relations--the conversion of determination into relational indetermination" (50):
Meaning as ideal Platonic species prohibits what Husserl is to theorize in Ideas under the heading of generalization on the ladder of specification and despecification
, leaving formalization or de-materialization to take the place of ideality, where identity is axiomatic.
Rosalind Krauss considered Hesse's objects to be "desiring machines," relating them to Gilles Deleuze's and Felix Guattari's concept of the "Anti-Oedipus," in which the "threatened paranoid body" becomes deterritorialized and amorphous: a "body without organs." (10) For his part, James Meyer has written of a "despecification
of the body," where the various body parts suggested by Hesse's forms are severed from their recognizable context, becoming part-objects that fail to form an intact whole.
It was his early embrace of Bocklin that enabled de Chirico to receive cubist fragmentation, despecification
, and dislocation of the body as a further development of the same symbolist-derived aesthetic of loss.