Julia Kristeva refracts the impulse to hate (and our attempts to subvert, sublimate, and otherwise process it) through psychoanalysis and text, exploring worlds, women, religion, portraits, and the act of writing. Her inquiry spans themes, topics, and figures central to her writing, and her paths of discovery advance the theoretical innovations that are so characteristic of her thought.
Kristeva rearticulates and extends her analysis of language, abjection, idealization, female sexuality, love, and forgiveness. She examines the "maladies of the soul," utilizing examples from her practice and the ailments of her patients, such as fatigue, irritability, and general malaise. She sources the Bible and texts by Marguerite Duras, St. Teresa of Avila, Roland Barthes, Simone de Beauvoir, and Georgia O'Keefe. Balancing political calamity and individual pathology, she addresses internal and external catastrophes and global and personal injuries, confronting the nature of depression, obliviousness, fear, and the agony of being and nothingness.
Throughout Kristeva develops the notion that psychoanalysis is the key to serenity, with its processes of turning back, looking back, investigating the self, and refashioning psychical damage into something useful and beautiful. Constant questioning, Kristeva contends, is essential to achieving the coming to terms we all seek at the core of forgiveness.
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Praise for Julia Kristeva:
“Julia Kristeva is a figure of far-reaching eloquence.”—Washington Post
“Julia Kristeva is one of the leading voices in contemporary French criticism, on a par with such names as Genette, Foucault, Greimas and others.”—Paul de Man
“Julia Kristeva changes the place of things: she always destroys the latest preconception, the one we thought we could be comforted by, the one of which we could be proud; what she displaces is the illusion that it has all been said already, that is, she removes the pressure of the signified––in a word, stupidity; what she subverts is authority––that of monological science, of filiation.”—Roland Barthes
“Both readers and listeners, whether agreeing or in stubborn disagreement with Julia Kristeva, feel indeed attracted to her contagious voice and to her genuine gift of questioning generally adopted ‘axioms,’ or to her contrary gift of releasing various ‘damned questions’ from their traditional question mark.”—Roman Jakobson
“A formidable cultural historian and critic.”—Library Journal
“Julia Kristeva takes us through an adventure in innovative reading whose daring and vigor have rarely been matched in the annals of modern criticism.”—Philip Lewis, Cornell University" —
Foreword, by Pierre-Louis Fort
1. Thinking About Liberty in Dark Times
2. Secularism: "Values" at the Limits of Life
3. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and . . . Vulnerability
4. On Parity, Again; or, Women and the Sacred
5. From Madonnas to Nudes: A Representation of Female Beauty
6. The Passion According to Motherhood
7. The War of the Sexes Since Antiquity
8. Beauvoir, Presently
9. Fatigue in the Feminine
10. The Sobbing Girl; or, On Hysterical Time
11. Healing, a Psychical Rebirth
12. From Object Love to Objectless Love
13. Desire for Law
14. Language, Sublimation, Women
15. Hatred and Forgiveness; or, From Abjection to Paranoia
16. Three Essays; or, the Victory of Polymorphous Perversion
18. The Triple Uprooting of Israel
19. What Is Left of Our Loves?
20. The Inevitable Form
21. A Stranger
22. Writing as Strangeness and Jouissance
23. The "True-Lie," Our Unassailable Contemporary
24. Murder in Byzantium; or, Why I "ship myself on a voyage" in a Novel
Notes on the Origins of the Texts
About the Author:
Julia Kristeva is professor of linguistics at the Université de Paris VII and author of many acclaimed works and novels, including This Incredible Need to Believe, Murder in Byzantium, Strangers to Ourselves, New Maladies of the Soul, Time and Sense, Hannah Arendt, and Melanie Klein. She is the recipient of the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought and the Holberg International Memorial Prize.