By John Lechte

ISBN-10: 0415636175

ISBN-13: 9780415636179

A prime literary critic and psychoanalyst, Julia Kristeva is without doubt one of the most vital French thinkers writing at the present time. during this up to date survey of her paintings, John Lechte outlines absolutely and systematically her highbrow improvement. He lines it from her paintings on Bakhtin and the good judgment of poetic language within the Nineteen Sixties, via her influential theories of the ‘symbolic’ and the ‘semiotic’ within the Nineteen Seventies, to her analyses of horror, love, depression and cosmopolitanism within the Nineteen Eighties. He presents an perception into the highbrow and ancient context which gave upward push to Kristeva’s proposal, displaying how thinkers akin to Roland Barthes, Emile Benviste and Georges Bataille were very important in stimulating her personal reflections. He concludes with an total evaluation of Kristeva’s paintings, having a look specifically at her value for feminism and postmodern concept in general.

Essential interpreting for all those that desire to expand their knowing of this significant philosopher, this primary full-length research of Kristeva’s paintings should be of curiosity to scholars of literature, sociology, severe thought, feminist concept, French reports and psychoanalysis.

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11 Roudinesco describes the Lacanian performance in the amphitheatre of SaintAnne hospital in Paris where the seminar was held for ten years from 1954: He gave up his Prince of Wales suits for more extravagant clothes. Henceforth, he dresses in a style resembling his baroque syntax . . he speaks in a wavering, syncopated or thundering voice, spiced with sighs and hesitations. He notes down in advance what he is going to say, then, before the public, he improvises like an actor from the Royal Shakespeare Company who has Greta Garbo as a teacher of diction and Arturo Toscanini as spiritual director.

34. Felman's emphasis. 46 ibid, p. 124. 47 J. L. Austin, Philosophical Papers, ed. J. O. Urmson and G. L. Warnock (London, Oxford, and New York, Oxford University Press, 1970), p. 177, cited by Felman at p. 165. 48 J. L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words, ed. J. O. Urmson and Marina Sbisa (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2nd edn, reprinted 1980), p. 133. "', p. 303. 31 2 The effect of the unconscious The unconscious is structured like a language. Jacques Lacan On 7 November 1955, Jacques Lacan - doctor of medicine, psychoanalyst, friend of surrealism - 'officially' announced his famous 'return to Freud' in a paper given at a neuro-psychiatric clinic in Vienna.

I n fact, the tenor of F e l m a n ' s a p p r o a c h points us precisely in the direction taken by J u l i a K r i s t e v a ' s work. For it, too, takes account, not only of the c o m m u n i c a t i v e aspect of language, b u t also of its scandalous and, as we shall see, semiotic aspect. Kristeva's work on writers from Baudelaire to D u r a s , passing by, a m o n g s t others, J o y c e , Celine, a n d Sollers, will show us w h a t is h a p p e n i n g in m o d e r n writing a n d its F r e n c h variant: A n d w h a t if something were to h a p p e n ?

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