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The Sense and Non-Sense of Revolt : The Powers and Limits of Psychoanalysis - Julia Kristeva

The Sense and Non-Sense of Revolt

The Powers and Limits of Psychoanalysis

By: Julia Kristeva, Jeanine Herman (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 30th March 2000
ISBN: 9780231109963
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Linguist, psychoanalyst, and cultural theorist, Julia Kristeva is one of the most influential and prolific thinkers of our time. Her writings have broken new ground in the study of the self, the mind, and the ways in which we communicate through language. Her work is unique in that it skillfully brings together psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice, literature, linguistics, and philosophy.

In her latest book on the powers and limits of psychoanalysis, Kristeva focuses on an intriguing new dilemma. Freud and psychoanalysis taught us that rebellion is what guarantees our independence and our creative abilities. But in our contemporary "entertainment" culture, is rebellion still a viable option? Is it still possible to build and embrace a counterculture? For whom -- and against what -- and under what forms?

Kristeva illustrates the advances and impasses of rebel culture through the experiences of three twentieth-century writers: the existentialist John Paul Sartre, the surrealist Louis Aragon, and the theorist Roland Barthes. For Kristeva the rebellions championed by these figures -- especially the political and seemingly dogmatic political commitments of Aragon and Sartre -- strike the post-Cold War reader with a mixture of fascination and rejection. These theorists, according to Kristeva, are involved in a revolution against accepted notions of identity -- of one's relation to others. Kristeva places their accomplishments in the context of other revolutionary movements in art, literature, and politics. The book also offers an illuminating discussion of Freud's groundbreaking work on rebellion, focusing on the symbolic function of patricide in his "Totem and Taboo" and discussing his often neglected vision of language, and underscoring its complex connection to the revolutionary drive.

Kristeva is a figure of far-reaching eloquence. -- Denis Donaghue Washington Post

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
What Revolt Today?p. 1
The Sacred and Revolt: Various Logicsp. 20
The Metamorphoses of "Language" in the Freudian Discovery (Freudian Models of Language)p. 32
Oedipus Again; or, Phallic Monismp. 65
On the Extraneousness of the Phallus; or, the Feminine Between Illusion and Disillusionp. 94
Aragon, Defiance, and Deception: A Precursor?p. 107
Sartre; or, "We Are Right to Revolt"p. 149
Roland Barthes and Writing as Demystificationp. 187
Notesp. 217
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780231109963
ISBN-10: 0231109962
Series: European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought & Cultural Criticism (Hardcover) : Book 1
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th March 2000
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.8  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.47