As Dierkes-Thrun puts it, both respond to the metaphysical crisis of modernity and aim systematically to replace metaphysical purpose and sublime religious experience with physical sensation and secular ecstasy, to corporealize
affect, and to glorify amoral modern individualism as embodied by the perverse Salome.
If Russian space cannot be cultivated, "so let us corporealize
it," he concludes--warmed and softened by smoke and mud, polluted by its own secretions, Russian space is culturally intuited as "maternal womb or as outhouse, grandiose cosmic piss pot" (304).
The American stage has been quick to mine the possibilities of this heritage and to enrichit with its own variations and inventions, As resourceful as they are versatile, transgressive Jews play a vast repertoire of roles: they corporealize
and distance the forbidden, they demonstrate the inadvisability of wrong-headed thinking, they represent the potentially subversive.
Animals like Frost's and Faulkner's bucks both dwell in and corporealize
a zone of possibility between natural referent and material signifier, artist and object, writer and reader, hovering or swimming or pacing visibly on the brink of a perpetually deferred transcendence.
Without condescending to his audience, McDonald explains signified/signifier, points our the importance of puns with an example from Othello, and borrows from Sigurd Burckhardt to note that poetic properties such as puns are especially valuable for their power to corporealize
(Indeed, Teresa de Lauretis calls for more attention to the oppositional potential of narrative films, but her accounts of how narrative might function in this way remain somewhat unsatisfying.) Second, the female body becomes politicized and historicized in such a way that to corporealize
voice is not necessarily to essentialize or objectify the body.
Borrowed Time's brilliance is in its ability to corporealize
this anger onto the body of the lover, Roger.
For an approach to Old English poetry that seeks to corporealize
the idea of verbal performance itself, see Eric Jager, "Speech and the Chest in Old English Poetry: Orality or Pectorality?" Speculum 65 (1990): 845-59.
By tending to corporealize
and masculinize the text of the Essays, Montaigne's later insertions may position the informal essay as a new arena for useful action in the world.
The performative value of Alice Guy's La Vie du Christ is not only important because of its ability to corporealize
Jesus Christ but, I would argue, it is one of the few times that the life of Christ is infused with the life of women and children as spectators, actors, and performers of the spectacle itself, as angels or as common women.