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Noli Me Tangere: On the Raising of the Body Jean-Luc Nancy

Noli Me Tangere: On the Raising of the Body

Jean-Luc Nancy

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Christian parables have retained their force well beyond the sphere of religion- indeed, they share with much of modern literature their status as a form of address: aWho hath ears to hear, let him hear.a There is no message without there firstMoreChristian parables have retained their force well beyond the sphere of religion- indeed, they share with much of modern literature their status as a form of address: aWho hath ears to hear, let him hear.a There is no message without there first beingaor, more subtly, without there also being in the message itselfaan address to a capacity or an aptitude for listening. This is not an exhortation of the kind aPay attention!a Rather, it is a warning: if you do not understand, the message will go away.The scene in the Gospel of John in which the newly risen Christ enjoins the Magdalene, aNoli me tangere, a a key moment in the general parable made up of his life, is a particularly good example of this sudden appearance in which a vanishing plays itself out. Resurrected, he speaks, makes an appeal, and leaves.aDo not touch me.a Beyond the Christ story, this everyday phrase says something important about touching in general. It points to the place where touching must not touch in order to carry out its touch (its art, its tact, its grace). The title essay of this volume is both a contribution to Nancyas project of a adeconstruction of Christianitya and an exemplum of his remarkable writings on art, in analyses of aNoli me tangerea paintings by such painters as Rembrandt, DA1/4rer, Titian, Pontormo, Bronzino, and Correggio. It is also in tacit dialogue with Jacques Derridaas monumental tribute to Nancyas work in Le toucheraJean-Luc Nancy.For the English-language edition, Nancy has added an unpublished essay on the Magdalene and the English translation of aIn Heaven and on the Earth, a a remarkable lecture he gave in a series designed to address children between six and twelve years of age. Closely aligned with his entire project of athe deconstruction of Christianity, aa this lecture may give the most accesible account of his ideas about G