New Maladies of the Soul / Edition 1

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These days, who still has a soul? asks Julia Kristeva in her psychoanalytic exploration, New Maladies of the Soul. Hailed by Peter Brooks in the New York Times as "a critic of great psychoanalytic insight," Kristeva reveals to readers a new kind of patient, symptomatic of an age of political upheaval, mass-mediated culture, and the dramatic overhaul of familial and sexual mores. The book poses a troubling question about the human subject in the West today: Is the psychic space that we have traditionally known disappearing?

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

International Journal of Psycho-Analysis
Kristeva offers a challenge for psychoanalaysis to open itself up again: to break down from its position of the one who is presumed to know.
Library Journal
"Do you have a soul?" asks the first sentence of this book, and at the end the reader is still uncertain how the author answers that question. Based on the book's title, one guesses that Kristeva (The Old Man and the Wolves, LJ 12/94; Strangers to Ourselves, LJ 4/1/91) would answer in the affirmative. But what are these new maladies? There's nothing new about the psychiatric illnesses discussed in the first half of the book-obsession, perversions, and depression have been around for quite a while. The second half, entitled "History," rambles around world literature, with cryptic references in Lacanian doublespeak to the Bible, Madame de Stal, James Joyce, and the women's movement. A more appropriate opening might have been "Does this book have a point?" Large academic and research libraries whose patrons have postmodernist inclinations will need this book; others can skip it.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, Wa.
Kristeva draws on 15 years of experience as a practicing psychoanalyst to reveal a new kind of patient, symptomatic of an age of political upheaval, mass media culture, and deterioration of values. She reinterprets Freud and Lacan in light of this new type of patient, and discusses case studies that illustrate how common psychiatric disturbances are manifested in today's patient. She discusses women's experiences and contributions, and explores art, literature, and theories of language. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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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

Translator's Note
1 The Clinic 1
1 The Soul and the Image 3
2 In Times Like These, Who Needs Psychoanalysts? 27
3 The Obsessional Neurotic and His Mother 45
4 Countertransference: A Revived Hysteria 64
5 Symbolic Castration: A Question 87
6 The Inexpressible Child 103
2 History 113
7 Reading the Bible 115
8 From Signs to the Subject 127
9 The Adolescent Novel 135
10 The Wheel of Smiles 154
11 Glory, Grief, and Writing (A Letter to a "Romantic" Concerning Madame de Stael) 159
12 Joyce "The Gracehoper" or Orpheus's Return 172
13 The Secrets of an Analyst: On Helene Deutsch's Autobiography 189
14 Women's Time 201
Notes 225
Index of Selected Concepts 237
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