Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-hfldf Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-05-20T07:18:06.559Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

3 - The Fleshly and the Angelic

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 September 2012

Katy Masuga
Affiliation:
University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle
Get access

Summary

There is in Miller a strange attraction on the side of the religious, compensated by an aversion no less significant to that which tends toward perfection.

— Georges Bataille, “Miller's Moral”

WHILE RESERVING AN INTEREST in the ideal of which it is a part in order to violate it, minor literature causes the major language to lose its power as an inhibiting force for expression. The major language is a body from which to flee, from which to forge a new language that resists its structural forms, rules and even grammar. In the words of Kafka, Miller's parallel act of concession and defiance in his writing is his “ape-nature” fleeing out of him “head over heels and away” (“A Report to the Academy,” 258). Like Kafka, in Deleuze and Guatarri's analysis, Miller bores the way out by fleeing to the extent of becoming peripheral, becoming childlike, and, like Kafka, by becoming-animal — ultimately, by becoming that which is marginal, always simultaneously provoking, in Miller's words, “the fleshly and the angelic” (Sexus, 227).

Miller uses this expression “the fleshly and the angelic” to refer to the dual nature of the human figure in the text, specifically alluding to a figure in Sexus called Melanie. She sends Miller into a reverie on this division in mankind itself but also, more importantly, on this division in writing which, Miller states, is “[h]uman gestures. All borrowed from the animal and insect worlds” (Nexus, 242).

Type
Chapter
Information
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Print publication year: 2011

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

Save book to Kindle

To save this book to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

  • The Fleshly and the Angelic
  • Katy Masuga, University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle
  • Book: The Secret Violence of Henry Miller
  • Online publication: 12 September 2012
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781571137647.004
Available formats
×

Save book to Dropbox

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

  • The Fleshly and the Angelic
  • Katy Masuga, University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle
  • Book: The Secret Violence of Henry Miller
  • Online publication: 12 September 2012
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781571137647.004
Available formats
×

Save book to Google Drive

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

  • The Fleshly and the Angelic
  • Katy Masuga, University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle
  • Book: The Secret Violence of Henry Miller
  • Online publication: 12 September 2012
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781571137647.004
Available formats
×