‘Are you weaker than a woman, weaker even than a mother?’: Abjection and Infanticide in Dead Europe and Drift
'To discuss Dead Europe with Brian Castro's Drift, I return to Kristeva's claim that abjection is always rooted in our relation to the mother. She explains that abjection preserves, 'the immemorial violence with which the body becomes separated from another body in order to be' (10). Despite this connection, responses to Tsiolkas's fiction have neglected the role of the mother, a silence that impairs our ability to account for the abject in his work.
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Cite as: Van Den Berg, Jacinta. ‘‘Are you weaker than a woman, weaker even than a mother?’: Abjection and Infanticide in Dead Europe and Drift.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 23, no. 2, 2007, doi: 10.20314/als.7d435e84bd.