Stone Angels, Saintly Hypochondriacs: On Desire, Asceticism and Deep Time

Holmboe, Rye Dag (2018) Stone Angels, Saintly Hypochondriacs: On Desire, Asceticism and Deep Time. Angelaki, 23 (6). pp. 20-32. ISSN 0969-725X

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Abstract

This essay begins with an examination of Balzac’s “Louis Lambert,” an angelic figure who ends his life in a catatonic state, a condition as inert as a stone. It goes on to examine the intersection of the theological and geological in Balzac’s writings, and thinks about how this might relate to the work of similar figures in stories by authors such as Melville and Nescio, as well as a drawing by Paul Klee. The essay also considers Deleuze’s writings on Melville’s Bartleby, desire, hypochondria and the body without organs. It offers a psychoanalytic interpretation of the latter’s writings, and argues that the process of mineralisation undergone by the figures under examination, which might be described as a form of material immanence, is one that is enthralled by the drive to return to an inorganic state.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2020 23:57
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2020 23:56
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/77141
DOI: 10.1080/0969725X.2018.1549712

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