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


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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