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The Curved Space of its Formal Structure

Giovanni Baglione’s ‘The Divine Eros Defeats the Earthly Eros’ (1602)

“Possibilities are projected onto a screen of what is actual and present by means of the poet’s tactic … That godlike self, never known before, comes into focus and vanishes again in one quick shift of view. As the planes of vision jump, the actual self and the ideal self and the difference between them connect in one triangle momentarily. The connection is eros.” Anne Carson

“Eros and Thanatos are not two opposite drives that compete and combine (as in eroticized masochism); there is only one drive, libido, striving for enjoyment, and ‘death drive’ is the curved space of its formal structure.” Slavoj Žižek

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Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts

Writer and academic. London-adjacent.