Crime, abjection, transgression and the image

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The chapter examines the relationship between the image, crime and abjection. In the latter regard, the work of Julia Kristeva is particularly important but it also needs to be seen in relation to Georges Bataille's theory of crime and the sacred. These themes are finally brought together in an analysis of Orsen Welles's film, 'A Touch of Evil'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrime cultures
Subtitle of host publicationfiguring criminality in fiction and film
EditorsBran Nicol, Eugene McNulty, Patricia Pulham
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
PublisherContinuum International Publishing Group
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780826432353
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameContinuum literary studies
PublisherContinuum International Publishing Group


  • abjection
  • Bataille
  • cinema
  • crime
  • evil
  • image
  • Kristeva


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