Joe defined himself through his dark and messy paintings that resembled "black-on-black feces" which Schoenewolf regarded as "the reenactment of anal erotic
soiling and smearing, as well as a defense against that smearing" so that the paintings had to be `squeezed' out of him" (p.
But contradictions remain, as when Leeman's more complex description of Twombly's "essential" strategy of painting glyphs as hybrids of icon and logos concludes in a perfectly compelling diagnosis of the anal erotic
components of painting in general and of Twombly's work in particular.
One of the theoretical interests of Freud's analyses of the anal erotic
is precisely his suggestion that unconscious instincts may transform themselves, through sublimation or reaction-formation, into personality traits, rather than erupting in the form of neurotic symptoms.
The Jewish love of argument stems from the same anal erotic
Indeed, I would suggest that not only is the anal erotic
body of Freud's text, with its attendant interest in smell, in non-differentiated pieces, in waste, a reactive response to his disgust with the female body, but that Freud's sublimatory reverse characterizes the representation of the erotic body in a great number of male-authored texts which we might call hysterical.
This play also deals with anal erotics
, but here the anal penetration takes a quite different and distinctly modern form.