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Informed by means of 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 serious eye to a learn of the pinnacle as image and metaphor, as non secular item and actual truth, extra constructing a serious subject matter in her work--the energy of horror--and the opportunity of the face to supply an adventure of the sacred.

Kristeva considers the top as icon, artifact, and locus of notion, looking a keener realizing of the violence and hope that drives us to sever, and now and again preserve, any such powerful item. Her research stretches the entire as far back as 6,000 B.C.E., with people' early ornament and worship of skulls, and follows with the Medusa delusion; the mandylion of Laon (a holy relic during which the face of a saint appears to be like on a bit of cloth); the biblical tale of John the Baptist and his counterpart, Salome; stories of the guillotine; glossy homicide mysteries; or even the rhetoric surrounding the struggle for and opposed to capital punishment. Kristeva translates those "capital visions" in the course of the lens of psychoanalysis, drawing limitless connections among their manifestation and sacred event and intensely a lot declaring the potential for the sacred, even in an period of "faceless" interaction.

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