Invagination is the infolding of one part within another part of a structure,[1] a folding that creates a pocket.[2] The term, originally used in embryology, has been adopted in other disciplines as well. It has many meanings in each term or subject.



The term is used to explain a special kind of metanarrative. It was first used by Maurice Merleau-Ponty[6] (French: invagination) to describe the dynamic self-differentiation of the 'flesh'. It was later used by Rosalind E. Krauss and Jacques Derrida ("The Law of Genre", Glyph 7, 1980); for Derrida, an invaginated text is a narrative that folds upon itself, "endlessly swapping outside for inside and thereby producing a structure en abyme".[7] He applies the term to such texts as Immanuel Kant's Critique of Judgment[7] and Maurice Blanchot's La Folie du Jour.[8] Invagination is an aspect of différance, since according to Derrida it opens the "inside" to the "other" and denies both inside and outside a stable identity.[2]


In geology, invagination is used to describe a deep depression of strata. Used by Donald L. Baars in "The Colorado Plateau".


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  7. 1 2 Chaplin, Susan (2004). Law, Sensibility, and the Sublime in Eighteenth-Century Women's Fiction: Speaking of Dread. Ashgate. p. 23. ISBN 9780754633068. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
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