Two forms of subsumptive
reasoning must be distinguished: generic
Edward Said applauds Conrad for the Marxist recognition of capitalism's subsumptive
power, observing that late-nineteenth-century imperialism appeared to be a totalizing system, yet chastises him for failing to envision an alternative to Western hegemony.
His or her role is so multifaceted that it can be only understood as a subsumptive
This sets the tone for all that follows, and it is not much of a stretch to see it as the emotional core, the subsumptive
metaphor for the entire book.
The performative effect of writing-as-response, even before the subsumptive
themes and ideas are opened for analysis, is of particular interest to Coetzee.
If identitarian thinking forces societal processes into ready-made concepts, and if this form of thinking renders operative both totalitarian dictatorships and the subsumptive
capitalist culture industry, then history can only function as politically resistant if it illuminates the non-identity behind (or, perhaps, the fracture within) such domination.
Certainly Tennyson's poem captures patriarchy at its most strategically subsumptive
, for the Prince seems effectively to embrace the Princess' own ideals, stating "The woman's cause is man's" (VII.