Title: Schizoanalysis of the Eucharist: From Oedipal Repetition to Liberating Event
Authors: Justaert, Kristien
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Host Document: Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Religion
Abstract: Liberation theology has always used mediations in the form of methods from other disciplines (e.g. a Marxist analysis of society) to transform its spirituality and intuitions into a meaningful praxis. Without a doubt, schizoanalysis is a praxis of liberation. In this article, I would like to show this original praxis operative on what can be considered as a core element of Christian praxis: the Eucharist. Performing a ‘schizoanalysis of the Eucharist’ can help us to liberate Life (i.c. the life of Jesus Christ) from the sacrament, so that each Eucharist can be considered as a creative, life-giving ‘event’, rather than as the ‘symbol’ many Christians today believe it to be. Since Deleuze and Guattari developed the concept of schizoanalysis in dialogue with psychoanalysis, I will begin this experiment by describing a ‘psychoanalysis’ of the Eucharist in order to demonstrate some of the problems this sacrament might suffer from nowadays. Connecting the psychoanalytical concepts of the unconscious, repetition, desire and Oedipus to the ‘traditional’ meaning and structure of the Eucharist, many of the criticisms that Deleuze (and Guattari) had on psychoanalysis, will appear to be applicable to the Eucharist as well. Second, I will use the same concepts as above (the unconscious, repetition, desire, and Oedipus), this time in their Deleuzian-Guattarian sense, to perform a ‘schizoanalysis’ of the Eucharist, which has as its aim to liberate God, or Jesus, from Her/His sacrament.
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:Research Unit Systematic Theology - miscellaneous

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