chapter  8
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AFTERWORD: THE ‘UNSEEN’ OF CULTURE

The crucial thing is not what is behind the images, but what is visible in them as a speck of white. The beyond . . . is the repressed, censored portion of the ‘this-side’ of things . . . the raising of the dead, that is in fact the real trium ph of disorder. An event beyond all interpretability, outside any context. A zero point, another white speck, a gap in the chain of causality. When Freud began to describe the Unconscious and to comprehend it in a theoretical m anner he could only establish that he was in an area where the conceptual apparatus of the existing sciences broke down. That it was the great O ther on which we all depend, and which, at first, could only be conceptualized by means of negative categories.