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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279944

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279944.001.0001

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Character

Character

Chapter:
(p.51) Character
Source:
Portrait
Author(s):

Jean-Luc Nancy

, Sarah Clift, Simon Sparks
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279944.003.0007

However the painter, the photographer, or the sculptor also works at pulling the other back from this abyss. But in this case it is a matter of an operation that is entirely different from that of a copy or a cast. The death mask shows nothing more than the look of a dead face—that is, a face that has become a stranger to itself. In certain respects, this look is instructive regarding the look of death—if we disregard the various techniques that must be used to make the cast both possible and acceptable—but it intensifies the enigma of the identity to self....

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