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18 5 Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano (1947): singular experiences You will think I am mad, but this is how I drink too, as if I were taking an eternal sacrament. Notions of freedom are tied up with drink.1 [A]‌nd William James, if not Freud, might be in agreement with me when I affirm that the agonies of the drunkard find a very close parallel in the agonies of the mystic who has abused his power.2 If Jackson’s novel condemns the drinker to an eternal hell through its implication that every binge is subject to repetition, Lowry’s equivalent is to settle the

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For the love of God

psychoanalysis and faith see In the Beginning Was Love (1987c [1985]); and on the Biblical sacraments see New Maladies of the Soul (1995 [1993]). I would also add that Kristeva’s theory of abjection is not without its religious dimension, thus making Powers of Horror (1982) another important text. 77 As with Irigaray, and Cixous, Anglo-American feminists have expressed concern about the essentialist tone of Kristeva’s use of the maternal metaphor. Her tendency to valorise motherhood and the implicit heterosexism that accompanies this, along with her broad commitment to

in The subject of love