Sacrifice, speech, writing and art
February 24, 2010 5:28 AM Subscribe
Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming
the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing?
posted by 0bvious to writing & language (8 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am at the very early stages of writing on these themes (so forgive any gross generalisations I make here).
I have a sort of vague notion that speech in a pre-literate society acts in a similar way to the sacrament, i.e. that the spoken word somehow becomes what it signifies (the mimesis of pre-literate speech is imminent). Writing on the other hand acts at a distance, and the notions of referral seem to be quite different when a meaning is ascribed to an iconographic or phonetic indicator carved in stone or written on paper. I am also interested in how art and the sacrifice have functioned through the ages.
I guess I would like your thoughts. AskMefi has never let me down in the past!
- Has anything specific been written on the move from sacrificial mimesis to written mimesis?
- Any interesting writings on sacrifice as it relates to art, language and literature?
Thanks in advance