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The Severed Head: Capital Visions
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Columbia Univ Pr
Publication date December 9, 2011
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780231157209
ISBN-10 0231157207
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.78 lbs.
Original list price $60.00
Other format details university press
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Informed by a provocative exhibition at the Louvre curated by the author, 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 horror--and 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 keep, such a potent object. Her study stretches all the way back to 6,000 B.C.E., with humans' early decoration and worship of skulls, and follows with 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 the rhetoric surrounding 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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from Columbia Univ Pr (December 9, 2011)
9780231157209 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.78 lbs | List price $60.00
About: Informed by a provocative exhibition at the Louvre curated by the author, The Severed Head unpacks artistic representations of severed heads from the Paleolithic period to the present.
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from Columbia Univ Pr (February 11, 2014)
9780231157216 | details & prices | 162 pages | 4.00 × 6.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Informed by a provocative exhibition at the Louvre curated by the author, The Severed Head unpacks artistic representations of severed heads from the Paleolithic period to the present.
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9780312114428 | details & prices | 4.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $15.99
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