New Forms of Revolt: Essays on Kristeva's Intimate Politics

New Forms of Revolt: Essays on Kristeva's Intimate Politics


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438465210
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Series: SUNY series in Gender Theory Series
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sarah K. Hansen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Northridge.

Rebecca Tuvel is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rhodes College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction Sarah K. Hansen Rebecca Tuvel 1

Part I Kristeva: Revolt and Political Action

1 New Forms of Revolt Julia Kristeva 17

2 Spectacle and Revolt: On the Intersection of Psychoanalysis and Social Theory in Julia Kristeva's Work Surti Singh 23

3 The Chiasmus of Action and Revolt: Julia Kristeva, Hannah Arendt, and Gillian Rose Sara Beardsworth 43

Part II Imagining New Intimacies: Anti-Racist, Aesthetic, and Clinical Revolts

4 Revolt and the Lettered Self Elena Ruiz 67

5 Extimate Trauma, Intimate Ethics: Kristevan Revolt in the Artwork of Kara Walker Amy Ray Stewart 85

6 Patient Interpretation: Kristeva's Model for the Caregiver Melinda C. Hall 107

Part III Language and Narrative in Kristeva

7 Language as Poeisis: Linguistic Productivity and Forms of Resistance in Kristeva and Saussure Beata Stawarska 129

8 Peregrine Genius and Thought-Things: Julia Kristeva and Hannah Arendt on Revolt as Salutary Estrangement Elaine P. Miller 155

9 Eurydicean Revolt and Metam-Orphic Writing in Arendt and Kristeva Sarah Kathryn Marshall 171

10 At the Risk of Thinking: On Writing an Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva Alica Jardine 195

Contributors 213

Index 217

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