By Anders Olsson, Daniel Birnbaum
Initially released in Swedish in 1992, As a Weasel Sucks Eggs examines the enigmatic relation of melancholia to an early form of cannibalism, which psychoanalysis, particularly, under pressure. It includes examining of, among others, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, Sigmund Freud, G. W. F. Hegel, and the Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf. The authors additionally quote Goethe and Rabelais, for whom nutrients is a cosmic precept, the soil of fertility, on which all construction relies. In a transferred feel, nutrients additionally performs that very same position for the melancholiac—he who questions the traditional order of items, who creates an different “unknown food,” with numerous meanings. The authors “trace the will for this different nutrients throughout the a long time, and scrutinize its dating to either primitive sacrificial rites in addition to modern anthropology, philosophy, and linguistic theory.”
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Considering the fact that a bellows could now not discrete spot lower than the hem of the skirt, diminutlve. ""' such u were capable of slot in nor may perhaps it were so li' i". ke|(")i' is correct, the small syringe is a reminder ofa much less increased aspect of the advanced of depression: the hyperlink among black bile and digestion, and, particularly. disturbances within the digestive gear. The “lower demons," which. in accordance with Agrippa, lead to depression, probably come from a quarter below even Panofsky or Yates imagined; now not from a depressing quarter II |". iu-liii. "l)('Irers melankoli" [l)iirer's iilu-liii writes I. ‘ I i on depression] Art]. Stockholm I984. pp. 26-29. lhid. [L 23. lhid. p. 29. (iii in Gunnar Ekelbfskriver om konst [Gunnar of the summary dominal geography of occult philosophy, yet from very concrete ab- areas of the melancholiac. Ekel6f’s attentive eye directed in the direction of a small aspect on the backside, within the nook and his intuitive perception into the challenging place of the — — enema syringe in Di'1rer’s emblematic of depression, can function a essay revolves. This possible marginal picture form of punctum round which this element unearths the ambivalence of the melancholic temper and black bile: one on on the hand, the bile produces the main increased and contemplative frame of mind, physically fluid, the organism is threatened through vomiting and acute abdominal difficulties. the opposite hand, due to this negative convulsions — hereby acquires a twin and tough to outline place within the complete economic system constituted by way of the interplay of the humors. it's without delay the main noble of the humors capable of deliver the brain into the top kind of concord and a danger to the stability within the physique and the psyche. and not using a small dose of black bile, the brain doesn't succeed in the heights of genius, however the slightest surplus of the black juice threatens to burst the integrity of the economic climate. The organism is introduced thoroughly out ofbalance the finely tuned contemplation transmogrifies into physically depletion and emotions of disgust. The Renaissance proposal of a melancholia gerzerosa a via and during confident depression that's subtle by means of a painstaking paintings of picking out the correct dosage is the main severe expression of the increased and complex facet of the black bile complicated. it really is a couple of form of sublimation: the humors and the physiological element of the melancholic kingdom thoroughly disappear from the image and make room for the chic dolorousness of genius. it really is not going that that kingdom has been captured at any place else with an identical poetic incisiveness as in Diirer’s engraving. yet even the following there's a reminder of one other element of contemplative temperament: between the entire allegories for time, demise, astrology, and occult technological know-how, the clyster syringe constitutes the inescapable Black bile — — — — — hint of excrement which may be inherent in all refinement or sublimation. >(- philosophers of the Renaissance indicate the shut connection among creativity and melancholic lugubriousness; the soul of the artist is torn among the darkness of melancholy and the sunshine of creativity.