Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art / Edition 1

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Overview

Desire in Language traces the path of an investigation, extending over a period of ten years, into the semiotics of literature and the arts. But the essays of Julia Kristeva in this volume, though they often deal with literature and art, do not amount to either "literary criticism" or "art criticism." Their concern, writes Kristeva, "remains intratheoretical: they are based on art and literature in order to subvert the very theoretical, philosophical, or semiological apparatus."

Probing beyond the discoveries of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Roman Jakobson and others, Julia Kristeva proposes and tests theories centered on the nature and development of the novel, and on what she has defined as a signifying practice in poetic language and pictural works. Desire in Language fully shows what Roman Jakobson has called Kristeva's "genuine gift of questioning generally adopted 'axioms,' and her contrary gift of releasing various 'damned questions' from their traditional question marks."

Columbia University Press

Proposals and test thoeries centered on the nature and development of semiotics of literature and arts overlay what she defines as a norm in poetic lang. and pictural works.

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Editorial Reviews

Roland Barthes
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 signified­­in a word, stupidity; what she subverts is authority­­that of monological science, of filiation.
Contemporary Literature
Kristeva's depiction of contrariety and anomaly at the heart of postmodernist theory is ingenious, provocative, and challenging.
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Meet the Author

Julia Kristeva, internationally known psychoanalyst and critic, is Professor of Linguistics at the University de Paris VII. She has hosted a French television series and is the author of many critically acclaimed books published by Columbia University Press in translation, including Time and Sense: Proust and the Experience of Literature and the novel, Possessions.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction by Leon S. Roudiez1. The Ethics of Linguistics2. The Bounded Text3. Word, Dialogue, and Novel4. How Does One Speak to Literature?5. From One Identity to an Other6. The Father, Love, and Banishment7. The Novel as Polylogue8. Giotto's Joy9. Motherhood According to Giovanni Bellini10. Place NamesIndex

Columbia University Press

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