The sieve exhibits a wide range of symbolism that extends across art history, philosophy, anthropology, psychoanalysis, and gender studies. About Sieves and Sieving provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the sieve from four methodological angles: motif, symbol, technique, and paradigm. The sieve as motif goes back to Roman stories of the Vestal virgins. Later, their (impermeable) sieve was iconographically transferred to Elizabeth I (1533-1603) as a sign of her integrity. Furthermore, this essay explores the longue durée of the sieve as a symbolic-technical object of use by looking at examples from Jewish folklore, Berber culture, and ancient Egypt. This essay also involves two paradigmatic challenges. The first concerns its tectonics, and the second explores the sieve as moi-peau.
Baert, Barbara. About Sieves and Sieving. Motif, Symbol, Technique, Paradigm. De Gruyter: 2019 (forthcoming).
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