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Blood, cannibalistic desire, and embodying the other: Artaud's and leiris's anthropological encounters

Li, XA; (2018) Blood, cannibalistic desire, and embodying the other: Artaud's and leiris's anthropological encounters. MLN - Modern Language Notes , 133 (4) pp. 1026-1051. 10.1353/mln.2018.0065. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the themes of blood and cannibalist consumption in Artaud's and Leiris's anthropological writings in Mexico and Africa. Confronted with the disquieting questions about subjectivity and ontological status raised by their encounters with the non-European other, Artaud and Leiris undergo profoundly transformative experiences via blood and cannibalism. By examining how blood functions as a sign of perspectival shift between different ontologies and as an aesthetic value, the article argues that through thinking, performing, and bleeding blood, Artaud and Leiris find new ways to relate to the other and subvert power hierarchies, thereby creating new bodily and aesthetic experiences.

Type: Article
Title: Blood, cannibalistic desire, and embodying the other: Artaud's and leiris's anthropological encounters
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1353/mln.2018.0065
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1353/mln.2018.0065
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082510
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