Strangers to Ourselves / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is concerned with the notion of the "stranger" -the foreigner, outsider, or alien in a country and society not their own- as well as the notion of strangeness within the self -a person's deep sense of being, as distinct from outside appearance and their conscious idea of self.

Kristeva begins with the personal and moves outward by examining world literature and philosophy. She discusses the foreigner in Greek tragedy, in the Bible, and in the literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and the twentieth century. She discusses the legal status of foreigners throughout history, gaining perspective on our own civilization. Her insights into the problems of nationality, particularly in France are more timely and relevant in an increasingly integrated and fractious world.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

San Fransisco Examiner-Chronicle
Kristeva suggests that the antidote to xenophobia, racism and other weapons against outsiders is to recognize that "the foreigner is within us." [The book] demonstrates her amazing command of history, politics, literature, linguistics, and psychology...argues powerfully for a radical examination of self, beginning with the realization that what is most fearful to us in the stranger may be the very quality we do not want to recognize in ourselves. Only through this reconciliation with our estranged self, Kristeva asserts, can we begin to give fair treatment to others.
San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
[The book] demonstrates her amazing command of history, politics, literature, linguistics, and psychology [and] argues powerfully for a radical examination of self, beginning with the realization that what is most fearful to us in the stranger may be the very quality we do not want to recognize in ourselves.
Booknews
Kristeva, professor of linguistics and practicing psychoanalyst, investigates the history of foreigners in Europe, dealing with the notion of the country and society not his own--as well as the notion of Artheme Fayard) won the Prix Henri Hertz for 1989. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Julia Kristeva is a leading French intellectual, practicing psychoanalyst, and Professor of Linguistics at the Universite de Paris VII. Columbia University Press has published other books by Kristeva in English: In the Beginning Was Love, Tales of Love, Revolution in Poetic Language, Powers of Horror, Desire in Language, Black Sun, Language: The Unknown, and The Kristeva Reader.

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Table of Contents

1 Toccata and Fugue for the Foreigner2 The Greeks Among Barbarians, Suppliants, and Metics3 The Chosen People and the Choice of Foreignness4 Paul and Augustine: The Therapeutics of Exile and Pilgrimage5 By What Right are Are You a Foreigner? 6 The Renaissance, "So Shapeless and Diverse in Composition"7 On Foreigners and the Enlightenment8 Might Not Universality Be...Our Own Foreignness? 9 In Practice...Index

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