The Severed Head: Capital Visions (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

The Severed Head: Capital Visions (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)


Informed by way of a provocative exhibition on the Louvre curated via the writer, The Severed Head unpacks inventive representations of severed heads from the Paleolithic interval to the current. Surveying work, sculptures, and drawings, Julia Kristeva turns her famed serious eye to a learn of the pinnacle as image and metaphor, as non secular item and actual truth, additional constructing a severe subject in her work--the energy of horror--and the potential of the face to supply an event of the sacred.

Kristeva considers the pinnacle as icon, artifact, and locus of idea, looking a keener figuring out of the violence and hope that drives us to sever, and occasionally hold, one of these effective item. Her research stretches all of the as far back as 6,000 B.C.E., with people' early ornament and worship of skulls, and follows with the Medusa fantasy; the mandylion of Laon (a holy relic within which the face of a saint looks on a bit of cloth); the biblical tale of John the Baptist and his counterpart, Salome; stories of the guillotine; smooth homicide mysteries; or even the rhetoric surrounding the struggle for and opposed to capital punishment. Kristeva translates those "capital visions" during the lens of psychoanalysis, drawing countless connections among their manifestation and sacred adventure and intensely a lot maintaining the potential for the sacred, even in an period of "faceless" interaction.

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