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Informed via a provocative exhibition on the Louvre curated by means of 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 serious topic 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 concept, looking a keener knowing of the violence and wish that drives us to sever, and now and again maintain, 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 fable; the mandylion of Laon (a holy relic during 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" in the course of the lens of psychoanalysis, drawing limitless connections among their manifestation and sacred event and intensely a lot putting forward the opportunity of the sacred, even in an period of "faceless" interaction.

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