“To See and To Be Seen”. Gaze, Desire and Body
in the Christian ‘Dramatic’
| COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2016 - 2. BODIES EXPOSED
Dramas, Practices and Mimetic Desire
This paper aims to analyse how, from the second to the fifth centuries AD, Christian thought redefined the dynamics of the human gaze through a dramatic device that put forward a profound argument about the individual’s identity in the context of their relationship with other individuals. Through the writings of the Church Fathers set against the spectacular system of the ancient world – especially as expressed, for example, by Tertullian and Augustine – this paper will highlight how the unity of the Christian “dramatic” has proposed a revolution in sight...