Analysis of "abjection" appeared in the animation

애니메이션 에서 나타나는 'abjection' 분석

  • 임운주 (홍익대학교 애니메이션학과)
  • Received : 2012.10.26
  • Accepted : 2012.11.22
  • Published : 2012.11.30


The work to be analyzed in this study is an animation showed in 2006, which was made by Director Satoshi Kon on the basis of a Japanese SF novel written by Yasutaka Tsutsui. The key point is to create a new meaning through showing imaginative power of audiences from the world flying across the borderland between reality and fiction. It regarded suitable for analysis of the borderland appearing in the unconscious world of dream and reality through "abjection". Therefore, this study intends to analogize the conclusion through analysis of the animation focusing on the theory of Julia Kristeva. Abject appears as the phenomenon which cannot be disappeared and the one threatening to disunite which the subject had already organized in the symbolic. The self-feeling of characters is not stable and it keeps watch constantly on the one which may neutralize his caution. They are looking for the power to strengthen the life granting to the subjecthood by chora as the resisting power against the symbolic order. That is, the dreaming space where revengeful power of primitive libido is working and shows mother as Paprika as well as enters through DC mini, works as the semiotic chora as "maternal body". The healing of mental lack in the symbolic caused from here is connected on the borderland to divide between meaning and meaningless as well as normality and abnormality in the semiotic and this is the maternal power of the semiotic. Therefore, "abjection", "abject" and "chora" as well as care and healing of the other self appearing in the subjectivization process in the can be regarded as the one caused from the love towards the subject to be analyzed.