Sacrificed Lives

Sacrificed Lives : Kristeva on Women and Violence

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"In this well-crafted and scholarly work, Reineke argues that an analysis of the contemporary culture of violence through the lens of gender reveals a sacrificial economy." -Religious Studies Review"... handled with the kind of concise, cogent, and insightful criticism that readers of Reineke have come to expect... " -Women's Studies International Forum"By elaborating key notions of Kristeva in the context of her questions about violence, Reineke develops aspects of Kristeva's work that will interest not only students of Kristeva, but those who are interested in all forms of social violence, feminist theory, and women's issues as well." -Tamsin LorraineWhy did medieval women mystics starve themselves? Why were "witches" hunted, tortured, and killed? Why has the Christian West found maternal figures threatening? To answer these questions, Reineke advances a theory of sacrifice, inspired by Julia Kristeva and Rene Girard, that attempts to account for women's special vulnerability to violence in Western culture.show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 155.7 x 235.5 x 19.1mm | 427.98g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 025321128X
  • 9780253211286
  • 933,861

About Martha J. Reineke

Martha J. Reineke is Associate Professor of Religion and Director of the Graduate Program in Women's Studies at the University of Northern Iowa.show more

Table of contents

Part IChapter 1 Introduction I. Framing the Problem of Violence II. Kristeva's Psychoanalytic Theory: A Helpful Resource for Feminists? III. An Outline of Life-SentencesChapter 2 Kristeva in Context: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Beyond I. The Lacanian Context: Human Existence as a Practice of Absence II. The Lacanian Context Subverted: Kristeva's Theory of the Unconscious III. The Lacanian Context Enfleshed: Kristeva's Theory of Sacrifice IV. A Critical Context: Kristeva and Feminist Theory A. Kristeva and Social Constructionism B. Kristeva and a Libidinal EconomyChapter 3 The Subject of Psychoanalysis: Death-Work and Agency I. Drive Theory and Human Agency II. Drive Theory and the Maternal Body III. Drive Theory and the Fort/Da Game IV. Drive Theory, Laughter, and the SignChapter 4 In Search of the Mother in Mimesis: From Death-Work to Sacrifice I. From Heterogeneity to the Symbolic Order II. An Orderly Death: Sacrifice and the Symbolic III. RenC Girard: Mimesis and Murder A. Mimetic Desire B. Surrogate Victimization C. Ritual and Myth IV. Kristeva: Mimesis, Mother, and Murder A. Mimetic Desire B. Victimization and Sexual Difference C. Coding Matricide: Abjection, Defilement, Ritual Sacrifice V. Conclusion Part IIChapter 5 `This Is My Body:' Abjection, Anorexia, and Medieval Women Mystics I. Drawing the Line Somewhere: The Construction of Social Order A. Eating Order: Food and the Social Body B. Out of Order: Women and the Social Body II. Holy Women, Holy Food, and Holy Order III. Crossing the Line: Abjection and the AbyssChapter 6 `The Devils Are Come Down Upon Us:' The Witch as Scapegoat I. The Witch in Historical Perspective II. The Witch as Scapegoat III. The Witch in Mythic Perspective IV. Witch Hunts and the Work of a Sacrificial Economy A. The Truth of Torture B. The Truth of SacrificeChapter 7 Life-Sentences: The Mother in the Cultural Archives of the West I. Time's Truth II. Femme Enceinte: Pregnant Body-Politics III. The Scapegoat Among Us and the Stranger Within A. Analysis as a Practice of Strangeness B. From Fascinated Rejection to Familiar Strangeness C. A Cautionary Tale of Hoffmann IV. In Quest of a Strange Politics: Religion, Feminism, Elsewhere?show more

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