Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva

Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva

by Kelly Oliver

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Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva by Kelly Oliver

The social and political relevance of Julia Kristeva's work is perhaps the central question in Kristeva studies, and the essays in this collection provide a sustained interrogation of this complicated problematic from a variety of perspectives and across the various contexts and moments of Kristeva's forty-year writing career. Presenting Kristeva's thought as the sustained interrogation of a political problematic, the contributors argue that her use of psychoanalysis and aesthetics offers significant insight into social and political issues that would otherwise remain concealed. The collection addresses the entirety of Kristeva's oeuvre, from her earliest work on poetic language to her most recent work on female genius, and it includes two previously untranslated essays by Kristeva, as well as original contributions from scholars working in several countries and a variety of disciplines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438426570
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kelly Oliver is W. Alton Jones Chair of Philosophy and Professor of Women’s Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her previous books include Language and Liberation: Feminism, Philosophy, and Language and Living Attention: On Teresa Brennan, both also published by SUNY Press, along with Reading Kristeva: Unraveling the Double-bind and The Portable Kristeva.

S. K. Keltner is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Kennesaw State University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Politics from 'a bit of a distance' S. K. Keltner 1

Part I Two Statements by Kristeva

1 A Meditation, a Political Act, an Art of Living Julia Kristeva S. K. Keltner 19

2 Decollations Julia Kristeva Caroline Arruda 29

Part II The Violence of the Spectacle

3 Meaning against Death Kelly Oliver 49

4 Kristeva's Intimate Revolt and the Thought Specular: Encountering the (Mulholland) Drive Frances L. Restuccia 65

5 Julia Kristeva and the Trajectory of the Image John Lechte 79

6 The Darkroom of the Soul Robyn Ferrell 97

7 Julia Kristeva's Chiasmatic Journeys: From Byzantium to the Phantom of Europe and the End of the World Maria Margaroni 107

Part III Intimacy and the Loss of Politics

8 Love's Lost Labors: Subjectivity, Art, and Polities Sara Beardsworth 127

9 Symptomatic Reading: Kristeva on Duras Lisa Walsh 143

10 What Is Intimacy? S. K. Keltner 163

11 Fear of Intimacy? Psychoanalysis and the Resistance to Commodification Cecilia Sj?holm 179

12 Humanism, the Rights of Man, and the Nation-State Emily Zakin 195

13 Kristeva's Uncanny Revolution: Imagining the Meaning of Politics Jeff Edmonds 213

14 Religion and the "Rights of Man" in Julia Kristeva's Work Idit Alphandary 229

Contributors 241

Index 245

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