Informed through a provocative exhibition on the Louvre curated through the writer, The Severed Head unpacks creative 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 examine of the pinnacle as image and metaphor, as spiritual item and actual truth, extra constructing a severe subject in her work--the strength of horror--and the possibility of the face to supply an event of the sacred.

Kristeva considers the pinnacle as icon, artifact, and locus of notion, looking a keener knowing of the violence and hope that drives us to sever, and occasionally maintain, this kind of 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 section 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" throughout the lens of psychoanalysis, drawing endless connections among their manifestation and sacred adventure and extremely a lot asserting the potential for the sacred, even in an period of "faceless" interaction.

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