chapter  3
Mind-Forged Manacles and Demonic Release
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Whilst(self-)destructive,demonicimageryatleastoffersenergytowardsselfdefinition,thoughitmayinvolveaFaustiancostofdiminishingpossibilityinthe self:acostwhichmightultimatelypreventtranscendence.Sontagdoesnotidentifyothersocialvocabularieswhichofferindividualsthemeanstotranscend"the personal",buttheyusuallyinvolveacceptingtheexternallyimposeddefinition ofconformistideology-alimited,andlimiting,formofself-transcendence throughasurrenderofautonomy(thisisaprincipleofallconformistsocieties, notjustcapitalistones;however,thecapitalistsubstitutionofconsumptionfor self-determinationisparticularlytrivialising).Insuchdesperatesituations,the demonicoptionofsacriligiousthought,wordordeedmaymomentarilypromise aformoffleetingvitalityinacontextofwilfullycircumscribedimaginations. SeveralfiguresfromthenextphaseofRudkin'swritingencounter,andseekto break,imaginativeconstraints.Intheprocess,theyareoftenforcedintochoosing ademonicvocabulary-arguably,theonlyvocabularyavailabletotheontologicaloutlawwhostillwishestocommunicate,insociety'sterms,tothosewho

remain in society (the Promethean transgressions of The Sons of Light and the mercurial self-reinventions of subsequent characters, who insist on their uniqueness and so transform the given terms, await formulation; but the increased imaginative agilities and disruptive power of the later characters may be attributed partially to their abandoning the objective of communication in favour of the objective of expression).