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

Author(s) : Julia Kristeva

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

Book Details

  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Published : May 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 288
  • Category :
    Forthcoming
  • Category 2 :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 97722
  • ISBN 13 : 9780231216746
  • ISBN 10 : 0231216742

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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.

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

Table of Contents


Introduction
1. What Revolt Today?
2. The Sacred and Revolt: Various Logics
3. The Metamorphoses of "Language'' in the Freudian Discovery (Freudian Models of Language)
4. Oedipus Again; or, Phallic Monism
5. On the Extraneousness of the Phallus; or, the Feminine Between Illusion and Disillusion
6. Aragon, Defiance, and Deception: A Precursor?
7. Sartre; or, "We Are Right to Revolt"
8. Roland Barthes and Writing as Demystification

About the Author(s)

Julia Kristeva is professor emerita of linguistics at the Université de Paris VII. A renowned psychoanalyst, philosopher, and linguist, she has written dozens of books spanning semiotics, political theory, literary criticism, gender and sex, and cultural critique, as well as several novels and autobiographical works, published in English translation by Columbia University Press. Kristeva was the inaugural recipient of the Holberg International Memorial Prize in 2004 “for innovative explorations of questions on the intersection of language, culture, and literature.”

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