Informed through a provocative exhibition on the Louvre curated through 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 severe eye to a research of the pinnacle as image and metaphor, as non secular item and actual truth, extra constructing a serious subject matter in her work--the strength of horror--and the potential of the face to supply an adventure of the sacred.
Kristeva considers the pinnacle as icon, artifact, and locus of inspiration, looking a keener figuring out of the violence and hope that drives us to sever, and on occasion maintain, this sort of powerful 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 fable; the mandylion of Laon (a holy relic within which the face of a saint seems to be on a bit of cloth); the biblical tale of John the Baptist and his counterpart, Salome; stories of the guillotine; sleek 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 limitless connections among their manifestation and sacred event and extremely a lot declaring the potential for the sacred, even in an period of "faceless" interaction.
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