It was as though he and all other manshaped life about him had been returned to the lightless hot wet primogenitive
Joe turns into a kind of animal, feeling directly the "fecund mellow voices of negro women" and the "hot wet primogenitive
Before his identity as a citizen-soldier, Grimm absorbs those qualities attributed to the novel's "hot wet primogenitive
Female" and "womanshenegro": the dark swamp, the unclear and sluggish, the unmanageable (115, 156).
She characterizes primogeniture and "primogenitive
devices" as "resurrective practices," defenses against the erasures, splits, and deficits in a male line that might move property to another family, another name (122).