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tr.v. dis·em·bod·ied, dis·em·bod·y·ing, dis·em·bod·ies
1. To free (the soul or spirit) from the body.
2. To divest of material existence or substance.

dis′em·bod′i·ment n.
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Unlike the middle-class woman who possesses a textual existence, the illiterate working class lacks a discursively produced subjectivity so that disembodiment means destruction.
For example, the problem of miscommunication and the disembodiment of voice function as theme and motif, respectively, to highlight the Lacanian linguistic imperatives that map sexual difference and the aural sonorities of the preOedipal.
In speaking of the emergence of the enormously popular genre of science fiction known as "cyberpunk," numerous critics have acknowledged the conspicuous degree to which its major authors privilege disembodiment over embodiment.
To write a lyric poem in South Africa, therefore, is to write against the grain of what is visibly before one: land loss, displacement of communities, disembodiment, removal.
Abstract Expressionism is what enabled de Kooning to achieve this journey, first by enabling him to put sensations into his paintings to which the art of painting had until then been resistant, and then by enabling him to remove them in the act of disembodiment that marks his final works.
Also, the disembodiment of sound gives a strange epistemological status to the broadcasted material.
Among his topics are writing, reading, and disembodiment in Pride and Prejudice; letters and spirits in Bleak House; the de-composition of writing in A Passage to India; the writing of The Golden Notebookl; and after the alphabetic story in Citizen Kane.
As a result, Warner argues, "we now inhabit forms of disembodiment all the time, from the family album to the CCTV monitor" (336).
As I learned from my colleagues about the mechanization of sound and hearing in Victorian communication networks, I was thinking how Victorian poems also worked as a mechanism for the disembodiment of voice, and with similar contradictory effects: sometimes invoking and evoking the spoken word, but also revoking it.
Examining marking in light of political theory, Carole Pateman analyzes how the language of the Constitution, premised as it is on the idea of the social contract, accords the white male citizen the privilege of abstracting himself into the concept of the disembodied citizen, whereas women, in contrast, can never achieve this state of disembodiment because the sexual contract precedes the social contract.
Thus, the artifact that should allow Bigger the pleasure of disembodiment acts instead to intensify his feelings of shameful embodiment.
Might not patients tell tales of disembodiment as well (e.