Linn Tonstad (Yale) on “Writing the Suffering Body”

Ce poème [l’Iliade] est une chose miraculeuse. L'amertume y porte sur la seule juste cause d'amertume, la subordination de l'âme humaine à la force, c'est-à-dire, en fin de compte, à la matière.

Simone Weil, "L’Iliade ou le poème de la force”, 1939

This is our conference death | text | resonance Simone Weil and writing to(wards) death in July 2020.

We invited scholars from different fields to choose a text by Simone Weil or a somehow related writer or thinker to read and discuss.

Linn Tonstad

Abstract

Linn is associate professor of theology at Yale Divinity School.

In her talk, Linn is interested in Weil as a possible model of writing the suffering body, especially in the sense of the body that suffers limitation or non-immunity to what threatens and changes. “The body” appears in most academic writing as a reified object of contemplation, rather than as the origin of writing itself. Does Weil’s language allow reification as a writing strategy in order to open up what is more than a thing?

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