The Veiling of Homoerotic Desire in Roland Barthes' S/Z

Carrie Watterson

(539)"On behalf of Cardinal Cicognara," one of them said. * ACT. "Murder": 9: signature of the murder.

(540) "It is a good deed worthy of a Christian," replied the Frenchman as he died. Despite the ironic allusion to the murderer's religion, the victim's blessing turns the murder into a suicide: the subject assumes his death, in accord with the pact he had made with himself (No. 240) and with the symbolic fate to which contact with castration has committed him (ACT. "Will-to-die": 9: to assume one's death). (S/Z, 204-205)

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