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St. Paul: Between the Monster and the Creature,

Božić-Vrbančić, Senka; Vrbančić, Mario
St. Paul: Between the Monster and the Creature, // CAPPE Radical Interventions
Brighton, 2016. str. - (predavanje, međunarodna recenzija, sažetak, znanstveni)

St. Paul: Between the Monster and the Creature,

Božić-Vrbančić, Senka ; Vrbančić, Mario

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Sažeci sa skupova, sažetak, znanstveni

CAPPE Radical Interventions / - Brighton, 2016

CAPPE Radical Interventions

Mjesto i datum
Brighton, Ujedinjeno kraljevstvo, 07.-09.2016

Vrsta sudjelovanja

Vrsta recenzije
Međunarodna recenzija

Ključne riječi
St. Paul, radical left, emancipatory politics, biopower

In this paper we talk about the radical interventions of St. Paul, a most genuinely radical figure, which Pier Paolo Pasolini faithfully transcribes in the screenplay of his failed ‘political- theological film’, St. Paul. The screenplay alludes to a famous passage from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (15:42- 44), in which Paul speaks of the new “flesh” that human beings will acquire at the end of time. This new flesh, one of the central motifs of the screenplay, is envisioned in a phantasmagoric, nightmarish vision: the transformation of a beautiful Arian body devoured by a mysterious sickness into “one of the dreadful living corpses of the concentration camp”. Thus, this flesh embodies exposure to the peculiar threshold of law and non- law, a state of exception, producing an unusual life that Eric Santner calls “creaturely life”. For Santner, creature is the signifier of an ongoing exposure to biopower, being caught up in the process of becoming, God’s creation that borders on the monstrous and unnatural. What becomes apparent from reading Pasolini’s Saint Paul is that the “flesh” needs to die in order to resurrect – both the flesh in the concentration camp and St. Paul’s flesh. This resurrection in the context of the law, desire and biopolitics brings out some aspects of the interventions of the most radical left (Badiou, Zizek) in the twenty-first century. But these aspects, taken literally, may evoke fear and trembling: is St. Paul a radical militant or something more, something much beyond? Does he mark the impossibility of genuinely radical left intervention today, or, vaguely signal a new emancipatory politics? Or, does this radical left intervention appear to us as something on the border between the monster and the creature?

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Znanstvena područja
Filologija, Etnologija i antropologija, Interdisciplinarne humanističke znanosti


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