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9 See in particular the discussion of the man’s responsibilities to the wife that occurs between pages 160 and 161 (Foucault 1988). References Cheyette, B. (1995), Constructions of “the Jew” in English Literature and Society, Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press. Derrida, J. (1984), “Two Words for Joyce,” in D. Attridge and D. Ferrer (eds), PostStructuralist Joyce: Essays from the French, Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press. Derrida, J. (1992), “Ulysses Gramophone: Hear Say Yes in Joyce,” in D.
I had uttered 22 Alien Imaginations prayers, fetich [sic] prayers, had prayed as heathens mutter charms when I was in extremity; but now I prayed indeed, pleading steadfastly and sanely face to face with the darkness of God. Strange night, strangest in this that so soon as dawn had come, I, who had talked with God, crept out of the house like a rat leaving its hiding place—a creature scarcely larger, an inferior animal, a thing that for any passing whim of our masters might be hunted and killed.
Sexual reproduction must take place, but in its very taking place one’s way of life is exposed, risked. In this sense the ordinary, the ubiquitous encounter with the immigrant—one that might always become a “path to citizenship”—feels like, shares the unsettling aﬀecttone, of the impossible encounter with what ends the world as we know it, the extraterrestrial. Wells says this without knowing it. In fact, he repeats it. However, this form of textual repetition does not stop there. Or, put diﬀerently, it assumes precisely the form of what earlier I called scriptura interruptus, a detail that ties in a rather startling way the motif of copulation control to the very medium of printed prose.
Alien Imaginations: Science Fiction and Tales of Transnationalism by Ulrike Küchler, Silja Maehl, Graeme A. Stout