Pathological Sublime = the Abject
Mark Derry details his new project about the “Pathological Sublime.” Now, I <3 me some Mark Derry (he coined the term "Afrofuturism," after all), but, I really fail to see how the "pathological sublime" isn't just another term for what Kristeva calls "the abject" (fascinating and horrifying, disgusting and attractive, blahblahblah...)
Short Version: Because Kristeva’s Abject is an object of horror, whereas the Pathological Sublime is an aesthetic pleasure, albeit a paradoxical one whose ugly beauty—seductive repulsions, or is it repulsive seductions?—enchants and unsettles us in equal measure.
I don’t know that Kristeva’s abject is solely horrific. Excrement is one of her paradigmatic examples of the abject, but people love poop jokes.