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Lacanian Jesuit

David Wootton: Michel deCerteau, 4 October 2001

The Possession at Loudun 
by Michel deCerteau, translated by Michael Smith.
Chicago, 251 pp., £27, August 2000, 0 226 10034 0
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The Certeau Reader 
edited by Graham Ward.
Blackwell, 320 pp., £60, November 1999, 0 631 21278 7
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Michel deCerteauCultural Theorist 
by Ian Buchanan.
Sage, 143 pp., £50, July 2000, 0 7619 5897 5
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... the prioress’s body (Behemoth was the last to go), the words Jesus, Maria, Joseph, François de Sales appeared inscribed on her hand. By now she was in regular communication with an angel, and, known as Jeanne des Anges, she toured France, showing her hand to vast crowds, and to the King, the Queen and Cardinal Richelieu. In 1645, a visitor to ...

On Fanny Howe

Ange Mlinko: Fanny Howe, 5 October 2017

... sense of herself as meek or weak; she fiercely defends failure. Her theologians (Leonardo Boff, Michel deCerteau) tend towards the heretical; her saints (Simone Weil, Edith Stein) the vexed.These forays into the lyric essay come late in a career founded on poetry and experimental fiction published by small presses ...

Oui Oyi Awè Jo Ja Oua

Michael Sheringham: The French Provinces, 31 July 2008

The Discovery of France 
by Graham Robb.
Picador, 454 pp., £9.99, July 2008, 978 0 330 42761 6
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... with one of many vivid set-pieces. In the village of Les Estables, near the mountain of Gerbier de Jonc, where the Loire rises, a young geometer participating in the first attempt to map the whole of France is hacked to pieces by the locals. We are in the early 1740s: an increasingly powerful monarchy is seeking to control the ‘jumble of old ...

Adventures of the Black Box

Tom McCarthy, 18 November 2021

... of legibility, forever suspended in the act of being composed.In​ The Practice of Everyday Life, Michel deCerteau defined writing as an activity involving ‘an industrial inversion’ that converts something ‘received’ into a ‘product’: ‘The scriptural enterprise transforms or retains within itself what it ...

Semiotics Right and Left

Christopher Norris, 4 September 1986

On Signs: A Semiotics Reader 
edited by Marshall Blonsky.
Blackwell, 536 pp., £27.50, September 1985, 0 631 10261 2
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... mass murder and the destruction of traditional symbolic spaces, like church and home; and by Michel deCerteau on the ‘long march’ of American Indians toward some form of organised, united political stand. They are written from a variety of standpoints, some from way outside the established (North ...

The Frisson

Will Self, 23 January 2014

The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes 
by Patrick Keiller.
Verso, 218 pp., £14.99, November 2013, 978 1 78168 140 4
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... the Surrealist frisson as defined by Breton in Nadja and before him by Louis Aragon in Le Paysan de Paris. After all, what are his films if not retrospective orchestrations of such frissons: fractal and fracturing moments at which we experience the familiar lineaments of our ageing and rain-blurred cities as revealed through his photographing of them? But ...

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