the state of ecstasy (as its etymology implies) involves a symbolic and psychological condition of being disembodied and thus is similar to the condition of the primal androgyne.' (52)
All of these texts are mythic or ritual enactments of the "myth of the primal androgyne," and as such simply reinstate the metaphysics of substance, the split between the Universal Mind and Disavowed Body, which constitutes a reinstatement of masculinism ...
And their fate is sealed in much the same manner as in Goethe since, as is stressed throughout: 'The androgyne
, with its dyadic oscillation between masculinity and femininity, properly belongs to pre-oedipal sphere of the imaginary and indeed cannot survive in the triangulated world of Bildung and socialization' (p.
Dans ces deux films, les androgynes
cherchent a s'affranchir de cette double identite sexuelle, a retrouver leur unite generique originelle.
And why should the figure of the Androgyne
be the object of such opprobrium when it is the most prominent evocation of desire between a man and a woman in the entire Symposium?
What is at issue then, is Rabelais's intention when, despite referring to Plato as the source of Gargantua's device, he makes a curious change, describing the heads of the Androgyne
as facing each other, deliberately turning Plato's gendered figure into a sexual one.
Dans Pavane pour la naissance d'une infante defunte, Christensen exprime une quete cosmique liee au corps et <<reve a l'androgyne
afin de participer, par-dela sa propre existence, a l'histoire de l'humanite>>:
"What was happening, I think, was that he had tapped the androgyne
, an aspect of that archetypal energy inside.
Over-eagerness probably accounts for an unsupported claim that the myth of the primal androgyne
, ascribed to Aristophanes in Plato's Symposium, reappears in 'Plutarch and Lucan [sic]' (p.