Julia Kristeva

The Kristeva reader


Titel: The Kristeva reader, 1986
Uitgever: Columbia University Press


Julia Kristeva is one of Europe's most brilliant and original theorists, widely acclaimed for her work in such diverse areas as linguistics, psychoanalysis, and literary and political theory. As a linguist, she has pioneered a revolutionary theory of the sign in its relation to social and political emancipation; as a practicing psychoanalyst, she has produced work on the nature of the human subject and sexuality of particular interest to feminists.
The Kristeva Reader is a fully comprehensive, easily accessible introduction to her work in English, containing a wide range of essays from all phases of Kristeva's career. The essays have been carefully selected as representative of the three main areas of Kristeva's writing -semiotics, psychoanalysis, and political theory-and are each prefaced by a clear instructive introduction. The volume will be particularly valuable to those in search of a basic grounding in Kristeva's complex, disturbing theories; but for those already familiar with her work it also offers a compact, convenient selection of important articles, some of them otherwise hard to come by.

Toril Moi is director of the Center for Feminist Research in the Humanities at the University of Bergen, Norway, and author of Sexual/Textual Politics:, Feminist Literary Theory (1985).


Preface VI
Acknowledgments viii
Introduction 1
I Linguistics, Semiotics, Textuality 23

* The System and the Speaking Subject 24
* Word, Dialogue and Novel 34 (uit: Sèméiotikè)
* From Symbol to Sign 62 (uit: Le Texte du roman)
* Semiotics: A Critical Science and/or a Critique of Science 74 (uit: Sèméiotikè)
* Revolution in Poetic Language 89 (uit: La Révolution du langage poétique)

II Women, Psychoanalysis, Politics 137

* About Chinese Women 138 (uit: Des Chinoises)
* Stabat Mater 160 (uit: Histoires d'amour)
* Women's Time 187 (artikel Le temps des femmes)
* The True-Real 214 (artikel Le vréel)
* Freud and Love: Treatment and Its Discontents 238 (uit: Histoires d'amour)
* Why the United States? 272
* A New Type of Intellectual: The Dissident 292
* Psychoanalysis and the Polis 301





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