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Reading Kristeva : Unraveling the Double-Bind

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" ...a thorough, detailed, and critical analysis of the writings of Julia Kristeva." - Elizabeth Grosz. The complex and provocative theories of the French philosopher and psychoanalyst, Julia Kristeva are clearly and thoroughly explicated by Kelly Oliver in this first full-scale feminist interpretation of Kristeva's work. Situating Kristeva within the context of French feminism, Oliver guides her readers through Kristeva's intellectual formation in linguistics, Freud, Lacan, and poetics. Oliver's readings of Kristeva indicate ways in which controversial concepts such as the semiotic, abjection, the maternal function, herethics, and the imaginary father can be useful for feminist theory. Oliver shows that Kristeva's writings attempt to unravel the double-bind between static identity, or totalitarianism, on the one hand, and the complete loss of identity, or delirium, on the other. This comprehensive introduction to Kristeva makes accessible her important contributions to philosophy, linguistics, and psychoanalytic feminism.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156.7 x 234.2 x 16.3mm | 398.12g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253207614
  • 9780253207616
  • 744,665

About Kelly Oliver

KELLY OLIVER is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Her articles on Nietzsche, Foucault, Kristeva, and feminist philosophy have appeared in Social Theory and Practice, Hypatia, Radical Philosophy, and Diacritics. She is co-editor (with Dale Bauer) of a special issue of Hypatia on philosophy and language.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Oscillation Strategies I. The Prodigal Child II. The Abject Mother III. THe Imaginary Father IV. Revolutionary Language Rendered Speechless V. Revolutionary Analysis VI. Politics in the Age of Propaganda VII. Importing OThe French FeministsO and Their Desires Conclusion: Outlaw Ethics Notes References Indexshow more

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