Collapse Volume VII, 499–560



Forming a Body Out of Nothing


What does an eating subject do? He incorporates what he is not. That does not only mean that he transforms what is not his body into what composes his body. It also means that he transforms himself into what he is not. As one incorporates food into oneself, one incorporates oneself into the realm of food: the realm of dead animals and plants. Eating is an act of survival; eating is an act of merging one’s life with death. Eating blurs the difference between one’s body and a corpse…