noun; derivation
the state of being unfathomable or inscrutable I am not sure why Spivak coined this word. She writes somewhat pretentiously so perhaps she wished to sound affected and intelligent. Perhaps she believed that abyssality was an established word. Spivak writes quite poorly (in my opinion) and her use of the term “double value” is not clear, so it is hard from the context of her writing to even assume from she means by “abyssality.”
If we take the open-ended double-value or abyssality of father under advisement here, a decision is not easy to take.
Etymology : Medieval Latin abyssalis, from Late Latin abyssus from Greek abyssos, from English a- “not”+ Greek byssos “depth” + Latin –al “A + -English -ity N [quality of]
Source : Gayatri Spivak, "Theory in the Margin: Coetzee's Foe Reading Defoe's Crusoe/Roxana." In Jonathan Arac and Barbara Johnson, eds., Consequences of Theory, pp. 154-180. Selected Papers from English Institute, 1987-88. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Pres
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