Considers the social and political significance of Kristeva’s oeuvre.
The social and political relevance of Julia Kristeva’s work is perhaps the central question in Kristeva studies, and the essays in this collection provide a sustained interrogation of this complicated problematic from a variety of perspectives and across the various contexts and moments of Kristeva’s forty-year writing career. Presenting Kristeva’s thought as the sustained interrogation of a political problematic, the contributors argue that her use of psychoanalysis and aesthetics offers significant insight into social and political issues that would otherwise remain concealed. The collection addresses the entirety of Kristeva’s oeuvre, from her earliest work on poetic language to her most recent work on female genius, and it includes two previously untranslated essays by Kristeva, as well as original contributions from scholars working in several countries and a variety of disciplines.
Introduction:Politics from ‘a bit of a distance’
S. K. Keltner
Part I. Two Statements by Kristeva
1. A Meditation, a Political Act, an Art of Living
Julia Kristeva, translated by S. K. Keltner
Julia Kristeva, translated by Caroline Arruda
Part II. The Violence of the Spectacle
3. Meaning against Death
4. Kristeva’s Intimate Revolt and the Thought Specular: Encountering the (Mulholland) Drive
Frances L. Restuccia
5. Julia Kristeva and the Trajectory of the Image
6. The Darkroom of the Soul
7. Julia Kristeva’s Chiasmatic Journeys:From Byzantium to the Phantom of Europe and the End of the World
Part III. Intimacy and the Loss of Politics
8. Love’s Lost Labors:Subjectivity, Art, and Politics
9. Symptomatic Reading:Kristeva on Duras
10. What Is Intimacy?
S. K. Keltner
11. Fear of Intimacy? Psychoanalysis and the Resistance to Commodification
12. Humanism, the Rights of Man, and the Nation-State
13. Kristeva’s Uncanny Revolution:Imagining the Meaning of Politics
14. Religion and the “Rights of Man” in Julia Kristeva’s Work
Kelly Oliver is W. Alton Jones Chair of Philosophy and Professor of Women’s Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her previous books include Language and Liberation: Feminism, Philosophy, and Language and Living Attention: On Teresa Brennan, both also published by SUNY Press, along with Reading Kristeva: Unraveling the Double-bind and The Portable Kristeva. S. K. Keltner is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Kennesaw State University.