Kristeva (Key Contemporary Thinkers)

Kristeva (Key Contemporary Thinkers)

By: Stacey Keltner (author)Paperback

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Julia Kristeva is one of the most creative and prolific writers toaddress the personal, social, and political trials of our times.Linguist, psychoanalyst, social and cultural theorist, andnovelist, Kristeva's broad interdisciplinary appeal has impactedareas across the humanities and social sciences.

S. K. Keltner's book provides the first comprehensiveintroduction to the breadth of Kristeva's work. In an original andinsightful analysis, Keltner presents Kristeva's thought as thecoherent development and elaboration of a complex, multidimensionalthreshold constitutive of meaning and subjectivity. The threshold' indicates Kristeva's primary sphere of concern,the relationship between the speaking being and its particularsocial and historical conditions; and Kristeva's interdisciplinaryapproach. Kristeva's vision, Keltner argues, opens a uniqueperspective within contemporary discourses attentive to issues ofmeaning, subjectivity, and social and political life. Byemphasizing Kristeva's attention to the permeable borders ofpsychic and social life, Keltner offers innovative readings of theconcepts most widely discussed in Kristeva scholarship: thesemiotic and symbolic, abjection, love, and loss. She also providesnew interpretations of some of the most controversial issuessurrounding Kristeva's work, including Kristeva's conceptions ofintimacy, social and cultural difference, and Oedipal subjectivity,by contextualizing them within her methodological approach andoeuvre as a whole.

Julia Kristeva: Thresholds is an engaging and accessibleintroduction to Kristeva's theoretical and fictional works thatwill be of interest to both students and scholars across thehumanities and social sciences.

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


Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction: Thresholds Chapter 1: Kristeva's Theory of Meaning and Subjectivity ? The Semiotic and the Symbolic, ? From the Symbolic tothe Semiotic - The Phenomenological Theory of Meaning, ? Fromthe Semiotic to the Symbolic - The Psychoanalytic Theory ofMeaning, ? The Dialectic of Semiotic and Symbolic Chapter 2: Kristeva's Psychoanalytic - Abjection, Love, andLoss ? Kristeva's Theory of Subjective Diachrony, ? Powers ofHorror, ? Tales of Love, ? Black Sun, ? Abjection,Love, and Loss in the Wake of Symbolic Collapse Chapter 3: The Public Stakes of Intimacy ? What Is Intimacy? ? Intimacy and the Event of Natality,? Freud's Involution of Intimacy, ? Abjection DIntimate Suffering/ Public Horror, ? "Ravaged Intimacy" andthe Event of Death," ? What's Love Got to Do with It? Chapter 4: Intimate Revolt and the Society of the Spectacle ? The Spectacular Horizon of Kristeva's Concept of Revolt,? The Scandal of Timelessness - Kristeva'sPhenomenological-Psychoanalytic Concept of Time, ? In Searchof an Experience - Proustian Revolt, ? Sex and Time: TheInterminable Revolt of Female Genius Chapter 5: So Many Oedipuses, So Little Time ? Reviving Oedipus, ? Oedipus is dead, and we have killedhim, ? The Irony of Antigone, pariah of the sacred, ?Anti-Oedipus Chapter 6: Kristeva's Novelistic Approach to Social and PoliticalLife ? Homo Spectator, ? Detective Fiction: Kristeva's Proper,Specular Inquiry, ? Inspector Freud; Dr. Delacour, ? MyOwn Private Byzantium; or, the Odd Future Anterior of Kristeva'sHero Conclusion: Politics at the Margin - Kristeva's Wager on the Futureof Revolt Further reading Notes References Index

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  • publication date: 03/12/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780745638973
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780745638973
  • weight: 320
  • ISBN10: 074563897X

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