totem: a natural object or an animate being, as an animal or bird, assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, or group
Balzac: French novelist
Flaubert: French novelist
Etruscan: pertaining to Etruria, its inhabitants, civilization, art, or language
autodidacts: a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.
rillettes: an appetizer made usually of pork or goose meat that is diced, seasoned, cooked, and then pounded or ground to the consistency of a spread
Cartesian: of or pertaining to Descartes, his mathematical methods, or his philosophy, esp. with regard to its emphasis on logical analysis and its mechanistic interpretation of physical nature.
Phenomenology: the system of Husserl and his followers stressing the description of phenomena
mise en abyme: The term is originally from the French and means, “placing into infinity” or “placing into the abyss”. The commonplace usage of this phrase is describing the visual experience of standing between two mirrors, seeing an infinite reproduction of one’s image.
qua: as; as being; in the character or capacity of:
noematic: Of or pertaining to the understanding
ontological: the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such
pustular: characterized by or covered with pustules.
opprobrium: the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy
antebellum: before the war
proletarian: belonging to the lowest or poorest class of the people.
purloin: to put off, remove
Roget: English physician and author of a thesaurus.
syncretism: the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion
lexical: of or pertaining to the words or vocabulary of a language, esp. as distinguished from its grammatical and syntactical aspects
Epicurean: fond of or adapted to luxury or indulgence in sensual pleasures; having luxurious tastes or habits, esp. in eating and drinking
obsolescence: the state, process, or condition of being or becoming obsolete
aperture: an opening, as a hole, slit, crack, gap, etc
vacuousness: without contents; empty:
ephemeral: lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory
fondant: a thick, creamy sugar paste, the basis of many candies
Le Corbusier: Swiss architect in France.
mangas: a Japanese graphic novel, typically intended for adults, characterized by highly stylized art
bergamot: a small citrus tree, Citrus aurantium bergamia, having fruit with a rind that yields a fragrant essential oil
despot: any tyrant or oppressor
phantasms: an apparition or specter
conatus: an effort or striving
Exeunt: go offstage (used formerly as a stage direction
appanages: land or some other source of revenue assigned for the maintenance of a member of the family of a ruling house.
elucidate: to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain
ineffable: incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy.
ephemeral: lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood
Proust: French writer whose seven-part novel Remembrance of Things Past (1913-1927) is among the great works of modern literature
loge: any small enclosure
abnegation: to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce.
vellum: calfskin, lambskin, kidskin, etc., treated for use as a writing surface
trenchancy: incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting: trenchant wit.
ontology: the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such
pustule: any pimplelike or blisterlike swelling or elevation
hemorrhagic: a profuse discharge of blood, as from a ruptured blood vessel; bleeding
frisson: a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill: The movie offers the viewer the occasional frisson of seeing a character in mortal danger
spatiotemporal: of or pertaining to both space and time
etiologies: the study of the causes of diseases
obdurate: unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding
demiurges: a supernatural being imagined as creating or fashioning the world in subordination to the Supreme Being, and sometimes regarded as the originator of evil.
bijou: a jewel.
something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought
Gulag: the system of forced-labor camps in the Soviet Union