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The Portable Kristeva
Kristeva, Julia, edited by Kelly Oliver
Columbia University Press / Softcover / 2002-05-01 / 0231126298
Women's Issues / Psychoanalysis
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As a linguist, Julia Kristeva has pioneered a revolutionary theory of the sign in its relation to social and political emancipation; as a practicing psychoanalyst, she has produced work on the nature of the human subject and sexuality, and on the “new maladies” of today's neurotic. The Portable Kristeva is the only fully comprehensive compilation of Kristeva's key writings. The second edition includes added material from Kristeva's most important works of the past five years, including The Sense and Non-Sense of Revolt, Intimate Revolt, and Hannah Arendt. Editor Kelly Oliver has also added new material to the introduction, summarizing Kristeva's latest intellectual endeavors and updating the bibliography.

"[Kristeva’s] work is entirely new, accurate, not through scientific puritanism but because it takes up all the space it deals with, fills it precisely, making it necessary for anyone who counts himself out to reveal himself as an opponent or a censor." — Roland Barthes

"It has been apparent for some time that Julia Kristeva has inherited the intellectual throne left vacant by the death of Simone de Beauvoir." — Elaine Showalter


Introduction: Kristeva's Revolutions

Part 1: Kristeva's Trajectory: In Her Own Words

"My Memory's Hyperbole" (1984) from New York Literary Forum

Part 2: The Subject in Signifying Practice

Revolution in Poetic Language (1974)


The Semiotic and the Symbolic

Negativity: Rejection

Desire in Language (1980)

From One Identity to an Other (1975)

Time and Sense

Is Sensation a Form of a Language? (abridged)

Freudian Time

Part 3: Psychoanalysis of Love: A Counterdepressant

Tales of Love (1987)

Freud and Love: Treatment and Its Discontents (abridged)

Throes of Love: The Field of the Metaphor (abridged)

Extraterrestrials Suffering for Want of Love

Black Sun (1989)

Psychoanalysis-A Counterdepressant

New Maladies of the Soul (1993)

The Clinic: The Soul and the Image (abridged)

In Times Like These, Who Needs Psychoanalysis?

Part 4: Individual and National Identity

Powers of Horror (1980)

Approaching Abjection (abridged)

From Filth to Defilement (abridged)

Strangers to Ourselves (1989)

Toccata and Fugue for the Foreigner

Might Not Universality Be . . . Our Own Foreignness? (abridged)

In Practice . . .

Part 5: Maternity, Feminism, and Female Sexuality

Desire in Language (1980)

The Maternal Body (1975), from "Motherhood According to Bellini"

Tales of Love (1987)

Stabat Mater (1976)

Julia Kristeva in Conversation with Rosalind Coward (1984)

New Maladies of the Soul

Women's Time (1977)

Interview with Elaine Hoffman Baruch on Feminism in the United States and France (1980)

Black Sun (1989)

Illustrations of Feminine Depression

Hannah Arendt (1999)

Female Genius: General Introduction

Part 6: Revolt and Imagination

The Sense and Non-sense of Revolt (1996)

What Revolt Today?

Intimate Revolt (1998)

The Future of Revolt

Revolt Today

Elements for Research

Kelly Oliver is professor of philosophy and women's studies at SUNY—Stony Brook. She is the author of Reading Kristeva and Womanizing Nietzsche among other books.

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