The first in a series addressing the death-drive and jouissance, Athey's work has significant, recurring themes: dissociative sparkle, self-obliteration, and incorruptible flesh, each played out upon the historic body, the queer body, the post-AIDS body. Here, "real" experience stands in for something too final to repeat: A deep flesh piercing is the arrow St. Sebastian's liver, a fresh scalpel cut becomes Philoctetes' foul gash. An Ecstatic, role-playing death, flesh wounds not meant to be displayed, but to reveal. Back to the perpetual wound, or the wounded healer. Ecstatic motion articulates the death rattle, which mocks the "brink."
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