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The Kristeva Reader

Toril Moi (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-14931-6 January 1991 Wiley-Blackwell 340 Pages


Julia Kristeva is one of Europe's most brilliant and original theorists, widely acclaimed for her work in such diverse areas as linguistics, psychoanalysis, literary and political theory. 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 her writing - semiotics, psychoanalysis and political theory - and each is prefaced by a clear, instructive introduction.

Part 1: Linguistics, Semiotics, Textuality

1. The System and the Speaking Subject

2. Word, Dialogue and Novel

3. From Symbol to Sign

4. Semiotics: A Critical Science and/or a Critique of Science

5. Revolution in Poetic Language

Part 2: Women, Psychoanalysis, Politics

6. About Chinese Women

7. Stabat Mater

8. Women's Time

9. The True-Real

10. Freud and Love: Treatment and Its Discontents

11. Why the United States?

12. A New Type of Intellectual: The Dissident

13. Psychoanalysis and the Polis

"Toril Moi, with her usual exegetical lucidity, makes sense for us of the immensely difficult and varied aspects of Julia Kristeva's intellectual project, characterized by Moi as an attempt to 'think the unthinkable'." London Review of Books

"Excellently edited and introduced by Toril Moi." City Limits