Intimate Revolt: The Powers and Limits of Psychoanalysis / Edition 1

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Julia Kristeva, herself a product of the famous May '68 Paris student uprising, has long been fascinated by the concept of rebellion and revolution. Psychoanalysts believe that rebellion guarantees our independence and creative capacities, but is revolution still possible? Confronted with the culture of entertainment, can we build and nurture a culture of revolt, in the etymological and Proustian sense of the word: an unveiling, a return, a displacement, a reconstruction of the past, of memory, of meaning? In the first part of the book, Kristeva examines the manner in which three of the most unsettling modern writers — Aragon, Sartre, and Barthes — affirm their personal rebellion.

In the second part of the book, Kristeva ponders the future of rebellion. She maintains that the "new world order" is not favorable to revolt. "What can we revolt against if power is vacant and values corrupt?" she asks. Not only is political revolt mired in compromise among parties whose differences are less and less obvious, but an essential component of European culture — a culture of doubt and criticism — is losing its moral and aesthetic impact.

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The reader will encounter in these pages the literary music of allusive, profound passages that uniquely characterize the expression of Kristeva's thoughts.
Philosophy in Review
Kristeva's work is an intricate mix of cultural criticism and psychoanalysis.... Kristeva's call to return to the intimate is salutory in a world given over to the dictates of production and consumption alone. The comments on patriotism, nationalism, hospitality and cosmopolitanism are politically astute and ethically humanist.

— Pramod K. Nayar

Philosophy in Review - Pramod K. Nayar
Kristeva's work is an intricate mix of cultural criticism and psychoanalysis.... Kristeva's call to return to the intimate is salutory in a world given over to the dictates of production and consumption alone. The comments on patriotism, nationalism, hospitality and cosmopolitanism are politically astute and ethically humanist.
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Meet the Author

Julia Kristeva is a practicing psychoanalyst and professor of linguistics at the University of Paris. She is the author of many acclaimed books, including, most recently, Hannah Arendt and Melanie Klein. She lives in Paris.Jeanine Herman is a translator who lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. What Revolt Today? The Dignity of Revolt (The Novel)Man in Revolt (Retrospective Return)Revolt as Jouissance and Dispersion (Psychoanalysis)Negativity in Revolt (Philosophy and...Freud)Paradoxical Logics (Resistances to Psychoanalysis)Intimacy in Revolt (The Imaginary)Chapter 2. Can Forgiveness Heal? The Trilogy of EvilDonation or SadnessThe Consciousness of Fault (Heidegger and Freud)Against Guilt: RebirthThe Poiesis of InterpretationDepression at the Edge of Words (the Story of Anne)Chapter 3. The Scandal of the TimelessPsychoanalysis is not IntersubjectivityThe Subversion of TemporalityThe Freudian ScandalThree Figures of the Analytical Timeless: 1. The Memory-Trace (Erinnerungsspur or Errinnerungrest), Working-through (Durgacharbeitung), The Dissolution of Transference-Homo natura and Homo analyticusChapter 4. The Intimate: from Sense to the Sensible (Logics, Jouissance, Style)Once more, On the Soul (organic, animal, general)Images, loquela, Jouissance (Augustine, Loyola, Sade)Psychical Life as JouissanceScience and Experience: Counter-transferenceThe Taste for the Singular Life (Style)Plato's Cave Hides a Sensory CaveThe "Second Dwelling" (Proust's Dream)Writing, Therapy, BeautyBetween word-signs and word fetishes: InterpretationChapter 5. Fantasy and CinemaOrganisms of Mixed Race (Didier, the Collages Man)Fear and Spectacular SeductionFantasy and the Imaginary: The SpecularThe Representable ConflictCinema and EvilChapter 6. Barthes: The Savor of DisenchantmentIconoclasmA Position: Writing AgainstModern Man in all his States: Vices and AffectionsMyth: A Type of Speech Chosen by HistoryChapter 7. Barthes: Constructor of Language, Constructor of the SensoryThe Spiritual Exercises of LoyolaWho is the Subject of this Polyphony? Images The loquelaIndifference and SuspensionChapter 8. Barthes: The Intractable LoverFiguresThe Jardin du LuxembourgAbyssesOutside LanguageSensory vs. Sexual: The New LoversN. W. P.: The Non-will-to-possessChapter 9. Sartre: The Imaginary and NothingnessThe Fatal Freedom of ConsciousnessNegativity, "I," "Bad Faith"What Transcendence? Who is of Bad Faith? or, AtheismThe Realized Imaginary: The Totalizing SpectacleChapter 10. Sartre: Freedom as QuestioningNegation at its OriginSymbolic Castration: A Question (The Story of Martine)Before Judgment: Repulsion or Freedom? The Freudian Attempt to Articulate the Drive and the SymbolChildhood: Self-Destruction or the Power of Words: The WordsChapter 11. Sartre: Again, the Imaginary, Fantasy, SpectacleThe Mental Image: Virtual NonbeliefThe Consubstantiality of Image and ThoughtLack or Lie? Body and Image: From Hallucination to FantasyBack to the UnconsciousChapter 12. Giving the Game Away out of AnticipationFrom the Political to the Intimate, from the Feminine to the ImpossibleWhat's it about? Why "Blanche"? The Woman and the Linguist"Gaiffier! Gaiffier! Go back to your place. Where is he?""And then I realized the trickery..."More on Communism and the Destiny of the Question

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