Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection

Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection

Paperback European Perspectives Series

By (author) Julia Kristeva, Translated by Leon S. Roudiez

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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 219 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 226mm x 15mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 4 June 1984
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231053479
  • ISBN 13: 9780231053471
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: Ill.
  • Sales rank: 39,913

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Powers of Horror is an excellent introduction to an aspect of contemporary French literature which has been allowed to become somewhat neglected in the current emphasis on para-philosophical modes of discourse."

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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.

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Kristeva is one of the leading voices in contemporary French criticism, on a par with such names as Genette, Foucault, Greimas and others. . . ." [Powers of Horror]" is an excellent introduction to an aspect of contemporary French literature which has been allowed to become somewhat neglected in the current emphasis on paraphilosophical modes of discourse.

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Powers of Horror is an excellent introduction to an aspect of contemporary French literature which has been allowed to become somewhat neglected in the current emphasis on para-philosophical modes of discourse.

Table of contents

I. Approaching Abjection2. Something To Be Scared Of3. From Filth to Defilement4. Semiotics of Biblical Abomination5... Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi6. Celine: Neither Actor nor Martyr7. Suffering and Horror8. Those Females Who Can Wreck the Infinite9. "Ours To Jew or Die"10. In the Beginning and Without End...11. Powers of Horror