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The works in turn, and their component parts, which at the end of Carcel serve as clear metonymies of their wholes, are used in apotropaic ways that show another side of manuscript culture in which reading and interpretation are not necessarily the primary goals.
The discussion of iconotext is placed under the sign of two mythical circular forms, ekphrastically including a work of art within a text: Achilles' and Perseus' shields, "mirrors laden with ancient knowledge," are compared by Louvel to representation itself, emblematized by an apotropaic shield protecting both artist and reader/viewer against death.
What Rowling writes these days, under the pen name Robert Galbraith, are crime novels: the closest equivalent adults have to the apotropaic formula of childhood literature, parading the unimaginable in front of us and then solving it, stabilising it.
Athena will ultimately mount Medusa's apotropaic head on her shield after Perseus has fulfilled his task, rendering Medusa a triple, if not quadruple, victim of patriarchal violence, a fact that must have made her, as Jerome McGann surmised in a 1972 article, an irresistible figure for Shelley.
Such a tendency can be viewed, from a psychoanalytical perspective, as a product of the apotropaic imagination: a reaction formation, turning fear into obsessive desire (Del Principe 109).
65) To protect the individual (and property), apotropaic and talismanic imagery was traditionally called into service.
The boundary between threatening and apotropaic elements sometimes gets blurred, and it becomes difficult to distinguish what is warded off from what is sought after .
To protect themselves from their bad influence, people living in the Romanian villages used to wear curative plants or garlic, or put horsecraniums on the top of the roofs of their houses (because they considered that these bones had an apotropaic function).
Assante argues they were apotropaic, like other terra cotta amulets from the era, meant to keep away evil spirits.
RM: So you reject apotropaic intent too, but it sounds like in this particular situation we have a Lexus sitting in the middle of an olive grove
19) However, the evidence for these other apotropaic practices either post-date the medieval period, as in the case of the witch bottles which date from the sixteenth century, (20) or cannot be dated with certainty, as in the case of the cats.
As if to counter this playfulness, grotesque faces derived from traditional apotropaic amulets appear in some works, playfully warding off mischief whilst remaining animistic.
42) Ancient anxieties about the malicious gaze of the phthoneros no doubt have the deep roots in our pre-human inheritance with which Burkert credits them (1996, 43, 86), but they also take on highly specific forms in theories of the evil eye, physiognomic lore on the identification of the envious, and the provision of spells and apotropaic devices, including eye amulets and other representations of the open eye, to neutralize its effects.
Turner cites William Blake in speaking of the kind of action the man from Syracuse takes: "In apotropaic [intended to ward off evil] sacrifice the negative, polluting, or evil outcomes of social action in social structure are 'given a body,' as William Blake said of error, 'in order that it may be cast off'" ("Sacrifice" 197).
Like a medieval reliquary, Blood & Taste is more than an historic record; rather, it is the actual presentation of bodily relics of Olivia contextualised with inscriptions that create a personal narrative of origin, as well as serving as an apotropaic talisman.
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