Essays explore the significance of Julia Kristeva’s concept of intimate revolt for social and political philosophy.
Over the last twenty years, French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist Julia Kristeva has explored how global crises threaten people’s ability to revolt. In a context of widespread war, deepening poverty, environmental catastrophes, and rising fundamentalisms, she argues that a revival of inner psychic experience is necessary and empowering. “Intimate revolt” has become a central concept in Kristeva’s critical repertoire, framing and permeating her understanding of power, meaning, and identity. New Forms of Revolt brings together ten essays on this aspect of Kristeva’s work, addressing contemporary social and political issues like immigration and cross-cultural encounters, colonial and postcolonial imaginations, racism and artistic representation, healthcare and social justice, the spectacle of global capitalism, and new media.
“This book is important for Kristeva scholars, as it expands and deepens areas of her work that have been dismissed by her critics. Further, it links Kristeva’s philosophy to historical philosophers, contemporaries, and how her philosophy applies to pressing problems today. All of the essays are well done and valuable.” — Danielle Poe, author of Maternal Activism: Mothers Confronting Injustice
Table of Contents
Sarah K. Hansen and Rebecca Tuvel
Part I: Kristeva: Revolt and Political Action
1. New Forms of Revolt
2. Spectacle and Revolt: On the Intersection of Psychoanalysis and Social Theory in Julia Kristeva’s Work
3. The Chiasmus of Action and Revolt: Julia Kristeva, Hannah Arendt, and Gillian Rose
Part II: Imagining New Intimacies: Anti-Racist, Aesthetic, and Clinical Revolts
4. Revolt and the Lettered Self
5. Extimate Trauma, Intimate Ethics: Kristevan Revolt in the Artwork of Kara Walker
Amy Ray Stewart
6. Patient Interpretation: Kristeva’s Model for the Caregiver
Melinda C. Hall
Part III: Language and Narrative in Kristeva
7. Language as Poeisis: Linguistic Productivity and Forms of Resistance in Kristeva and Saussure
8. Peregrine Genius and Thought-Things: Julia Kristeva and Hannah Arendt on Revolt as Salutary Estrangement
Elaine P. Miller
9. Eurydicean Revolt and Metam-Orphic Writing in Arendt and Kristeva
Sarah Kathryn Marshall
10. At the Risk of Thinking: On Writing an Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva
About the Editors:
Sarah K. Hansen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Northridge.
Rebecca Tuvel is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rhodes College.