The Kristeva Critical Reader

The Kristeva Critical Reader

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This in-depth critical assessment of the work of French psychoanalyst and literary theorist, Julia Kristeva, brings together for the first time readings both classical and new. Kristeva's writing on literature and psychoanalysis, language and social issues, as well as her fiction, are all considered. Each reading confronts questions raised by Kristeva's thought and contributes to giving an overview of her concerns. Chapters written especially for this volume take the reader into the most recent work of this most eminent thinker of the post-War era. Essays address: *Kristeva's writings in the 1960s and 1970s on the semiotic and on poetic language *The implications for feminism, art, psychoanalysis and cultural difference of the works of the 1980s *Kristeva's theory of revolt and the feminine genius in the writings of the 1990s Both the non-specialist reader and the Kristeva scholar will find this to be an essential collection of criticism. Features: *Full coverage of Kristeva's thought and writings *Explanatory and contextualising headnotes at the beginning of each reading *Primary bibliography of Kristeva's works and a secondary bibliography of works cited *Glossary of key terms
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 200.66 x 251.46 x 17.78mm | 793.78g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • glossary, bibliography, 3 b&w illustrations
  • 0748616594
  • 9780748616596
  • 2,314,285

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THE KRISTEVA CRITICAL READER; Edited by John Lechte and Mary Zournazi; Contents; Preface and Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapters; 1. Roland Barthes, The Foreigner; 2. Michel Beaujour, A Propos of a Separation in Julia Kristeva's La Revolution du langage poetique; 3. Kelly Oliver, The Crisis of Meaning; 4. Stephen Bann, Three Images for Kristeva: From Bellini to Proust; 5. Juliet Flower MacCannell, Kristeva's Horror; 6. Karen Piper, The Signifying Corpse: Re-reading Kristeva on Marguerite Duras; 7. Juliana de Nooy, How to Keep Your Head When All About You Are Losing Theirs: Translating Possession into Revolt in Kristeva; 8. Anne-Marie Smith, Transgression, Transubstantiation, Transference; 9. Ewa Ziarek, The Uncanny Style of Kristeva's Critique of Nationalism; 10. Miglena Nikolchina, The Lost Territory: Parables of Exile in Julia Kristeva; 11. Anna Smith, Another Look at Narcissism: Kristeva, Proust and Object; Relations; 12. John Lechte, Love, Life, Complexity and the 'Flesh' in Kristeva's Writing Experience; 13. Julia Kristeva, The Meaning of Parity; Glossary; Julia Kristeva Bibliography; Works cited; Bi-Lines.
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An important (and welcome) contribution to the study and appreciation of a Continental thinker whose work remains compelling- albeit controversial. An important (and welcome) contribution to the study and appreciation of a Continental thinker whose work remains compelling- albeit controversial.
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About Mary Zournazi

John Lechte is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University. A former student of Julia Kristeva's, he has published essays on Julia Kristeva's work, as well as Julia Kristeva (1990) and After the Revolution: On Kristeva (1998) (with Mary Zournazi). He has also published Key Contemporary Concepts (2003).
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