The Cross: Simone Weil's Hyperchristianity

Jeremy Biles

in Ecce Monstrum

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227785
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235193 | DOI:
The Cross: Simone Weil's             Hyperchristianity

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This chapter examines the connection between Simone Weil and St. Lazarus that emerges in Georges Bataille's novel Blue of Noon, arguing that Weil plays the role of a daimonic but saintly intercessor for Bataille in formulating an extremist surrealism. This anti-Bretonian surrealism is not only indebted to a certain reading of Weil, but coincides with Bataille's notion of hyperchristianity as embodied by the mystically inclined Weil. Bataille's decision to withhold publishing Blue of Noon until 1957—more than twenty years after authoring it and more than a decade after Weil's death—offers important clues to how to read not only the book but also Bataille's concept of hyperchristianity. The chapter discusses three quintessentially surrealist terms—chance, dream, and automatism. If the tension involved in the maintenance of this back-and-forth movement is understood as the passionate rage that communicates the high and the low, the verticality of ascent with the horizontality of the labyrinth, then it is no wonder that both Bataille and Weil, in mutually illuminating ways, find the cross at the heart of the labyrinth.

Keywords: Simone Weil; Lazarus; surrealism; Blue of Noon; hyperchristianity; chance; dreams; automatism; cross; labyrinth

Chapter.  12216 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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