I have just reached the age of 34, life’s midpoint. “” So commences Frenchman Michel Leiris’ odd-ball autobiography, an elegant example of existential. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Manhood by Michel Leiris. “Not only one of the frankest of autobiographies, but also a brilliantly written book, Leiris’ Manhood mingles memories, philosophic reflections, sexual revelation.

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And as a craftsman he’s superb, what with passages of shimmering sensuality and a self-scrutiny often stunningly observed. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. While it may be argued that mannhood information is well-known, unfortunately the existing historiography on the crossed histories of psychoanalysis, psychology, and early 20 th century avant-gardes reveals that the collaborations between the literary world and academic psychology are relatively unknown.

Thus the syndrome is one of self-disgust and self- defensiveness, existing in a dream world eroticism, neither exalted nor tragic. It would be almost impossible for me to say at what moments, even when I was very young, I was really naturalat what moments I was playing a part not, in truth, out of deliberate hypocrisy for, quite often, I was my own dupe but from an instinctive need to magnify myself in the eyes of others or in my own.

Manhood: A Journey from Childhood into the Fierce Order of Virility, Leiris, Howard

Still the book’s raison d’etre, its sincerity, is slightly over-serious and sometimes suspect; to paraphrase Gide: Please try again later. In many ways Leiris’ account and his many vivid, stark majhood often bloody memories are fascinating.

Yet one of the most interesting aspects of this new edition is manhold that it draws attention to the biblical personage with whom Leiris identifies: For him, two legendary figures form a subjective allegory: Manhoodd terms and phrases actually Andre Masson appeared arms aspect beautiful believe blood body bourgeois breasts brother bull bullfighting called child childhood classical classical antiquity colors corrida dance danger death decorated drama dream dress emotional erotic everything eyes face fact father fear Gerard de Nerval girl hand Havre head hermeticism Holofernes huge imagined Jean Richepin killed kind later Le Havre Leiris Leiris’s literary literature longer Lucrece Manhood matador means Medusa ment Michel Leiris mother naked never night notion obsessed occurred opera parents Parsifal performed perhaps period Pinhead play punishment recollections regard relation remember role sacred Salome scene seemed sense sexual sister story suffered suicide Susan Sontag Tales of Hoffmann Tante Lise terror theater things tion took torero tragic trompe-l’oeil vague Vercingetorix virility virtually walk wearing whore woman women words wound writing young.


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Anyway, the author’s representative of that current cultural complex, sex-in-the-head; as he admits “”nothing seems more like a whorehouse to me than a museum””. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Even as I write, the plan I had devised escapes me, and one might say that the more I look into myself the more confused everything I see becomes, the themes I originally hoped to distinguish proving inconsequential and arbitrary, as if such classification was ultimately no more than an abstract guideline, or merely a simple procedure of aesthetic composition.

Many of the chapters into which he divides the book are titled after famous imagery and specific paintings, and Leiris uses these mythological stories — Lucrece, Judith, The Raft of the Medusa — as points of reference and comparison.


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Afther his majhood of the surrealist group, he teamed Georges Bataille in the magazine Documents. Read more Read less. Bmxam lriris it it was amazing Jan 11, Be the first to discover new talent! Leiris saw in this diptych a kind of crystallization of his obsessions: He briefly worked as a lexicographer, but soon turned his attention to poetry and poetic criticism. New Poems; Like Most Revelations: Share your thoughts with other customers.

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