Artaud's Metamorphosis: From Hieroglyphs to Bodies Without Organs

Artaud's Metamorphosis: From Hieroglyphs to Bodies Without Organs

by Jay Murphy

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780957147096
Publisher: Pavement Books
Publication date: 12/28/2016
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

List of Images xi

Introduction: Metabolism and Immortality 1

I. A PROJECT FOR UNDERSTANDING ARTAUD 9

The matter of theory: updating 'cosmos=chaos' 12
Artaud's difference: sense and signification 21
Artaud's glossolalia: a user's guide 23
The yoga of the scream 27
The 'figural' and the language of the body 33
The revelation of how the 'hieroglyph' works in Artaud's film scenarios 39
The persistence of myth: Artaud the mystic without mysticism, the shaman without community 44

II. IN THE LAND OF THE TARAHUMARAS 55

Artaud on ancient Mayan hieroglyphs: the 'Space where Life dies' 56
Explaining 'occult geometry': Artaud's art criticism 59
The visit to the Tarahumaras 71
Interpreting the Tarahumara rites 76
'Stopping the world': Artaud's double, triple worlds 82
Touching the outside 90

III. RITUAL ACTS 101

Maps of the 'unconscious' 103
Putting 'time back on track' 108
The body is the operator 110
The conflict of the faculties 116
The case of Artaud's 'Tutuguri' (1948) 119
The space of Artaud's apocalypse 128

IV. TRANSFORMING RITUAL ACTS 133

Casting spells 133
Artaud's apocalypse as initiation, or 'complete voyage' 141
The world of sorcery as 'permanent liminality' 146
Artaud and Jesus Christ 148
The cross and the crossroads, redux 152
The 'universal' cross: enter Guénon 156
Artaud's The New Revelations of Being (1937) 159
The cross as a test of rhythm 164

V. HIEROGLYPHICS AS PASSAGE 167

Artaud's becoming versus being 168
The fulcrum of the Cross: Artaud's 'Gnostic' delirium 173
Artaud begins his re-formation: the cross and the sexuality of the 'true body' 179
The 'search for fecality' in the creation of the new body 184
The cross is the pivot in this creation of the 'true body' 187
The full 'body without organs' emerges 190
Artaud's 'cure' 197

VI. THE FRACTURING OF THE VOID
AND THE EXPLODING HIEROGYLPH 207

The spherical body 209
Artaud's 1947-8 notebooks: the combustion of hieroglyphics 210
The opening to animism: the 'body without organs' as mythic autoreference 221
Artaud on Van Gogh: the totem and the implosion of the hieroglyphic figure 225
Derrida's Artaud: the vicissitudes of the 'subjectile' 228
Artaud's 'graphic cruelties': the face of the void 234
The voice at the end of the world: the final sound works 245

Conclusion: ERASING THE LINE 257

Artaud's subversion of hieroglyphics 258
Artaud in the 21st century: the 'present body' 262

WORKS CONSULTED 273
Archives 273
Bibliography 273
Exhibitions 292
Filmography 293
Online Resources 294

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