Through analyses of Jean Genet’s novel Our Lady of the Flowers, Pierre Bourdieu’s sociological theory, and Todd Haynes’s film Safe, this chapter investigates the desirability of our becoming unnamable. “New relational modes” (Foucault’s term) with the world become possible if we escape from the identities imposed on us (our “habitus”, as Bourdieu calls it) by the ways in which society names us.
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