Severed Head Capital Visions

ISBN-10: 0231157207

ISBN-13: 9780231157209

Edition: 2011

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Description: Informed by a provocative exhibition at the Louvre, The Severed Head unpacks artistic representations of severed heads from the Paleolithic period to the present. Surveying paintings, sculptures, and drawings, Julia Kristeva turns her famed critical eye to a study of the head as symbol and metaphor, as religious object and physical fact, further developing a critical theme in her work the power of horrorand the potential for the face to provide an experience of the sacred.Kristeva considers the head as icon, artifact, and locus of thought, seeking a keener understanding of the violence and desire that drives us to sever and in some cases keepsuch a potent object. Her study stretches all the way back to 6,000 B.C.E., with the humans' early decoration and worship of skulls, and follows the depiction or presence of heads in the Medusa myth; the mandylion of Laon (a holy relic in which the face of a saint appears on a piece of cloth); the biblical story of John the Baptist and his counterpart, Salome; tales of the guillotine; modern murder mysteries; and even in the fight for and against capital punishment. Kristeva interprets these "capital visions" through the lens of psychoanalysis, drawing infinite connections between their manifestation and sacred experience and very much affirming the possibility of the sacred, even in an era of "faceless" interaction.

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Book details

List price: $58.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/17/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Julia Kristeva is an internationally known psychoanalyst and critic and is professor of linguistics at the University of Paris VII. She is the author of many highly regarded books published by Columbia in translation, including Hannah Arendt, Strangers to Ourselves, New Maladies of the Soul, Time and Sense,and The Sense and Non-Sense of Revolt.

Madeleine Ferri�res is professor of social history at the University of Avignon.Jody Gladding is a published poet and the translator of several works, including French Gastronomy: The History and Geography of a Passion.

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