Abjection: A Guide to the Medical Waiting Room
Julia Kristeva describes “the abject” as that which separates the self from “the other”. e abject challenges our corporeal integrity by reminding us of the threat of oblivion, or non-existence. is project investigates the abject in the medical waiting room, through the practice of poetry.
The medical receptionist, patients and media found within the wait- ing room are explored through experimental nonfiction poetry, using the trope of abjection. It examines how and why the medical waiting room is an uncomfortable, challenging space for its occupants.
This project discovers poetically the ways in which the abject is present in the medical waiting room, and in doing so investigates how the self and the abject can be expressed through the creative practice of poetry.
The results of this research form the folio Abjection: A Guide to the Medical Waiting Room. This guide explores the liminal nature of the waiting room, in light of the liminal feelings of abjection in the medi- cal waiting room through experimental poetic techniques. These techniques include “the ruptured sonnet”, re-contextualisation of found media and stream of conscious style prose poetry. Theese techniques allow for the nature of the self to be examined, and for the uncomfortable feelings we try to deny within the waiting room to come to the fore.