Julia Kristeva is one of the most creative and prolific writers to address the personal, social, and political trials of our times. Linguist, psychoanalyst, social and cultural theorist, and novelist, Kristeva's broad interdisciplinary appeal has impacted areas across the humanities and social sciences.
S. K. Keltner's book provides the first comprehensive introduction to the breadth of Kristeva's work. In an original and insightful analysis, Keltner presents Kristeva's thought as the coherent development and elaboration of a complex, multidimensional threshold constitutive of meaning and subjectivity. The ‘threshold' indicates Kristeva's primary sphere of concern, the relationship between the speaking being and its particular social and historical conditions; and Kristeva's interdisciplinary approach. Kristeva's vision, Keltner argues, opens a unique perspective within contemporary discourses attentive to issues of meaning, subjectivity, and social and political life. By emphasizing Kristeva's attention to the permeable borders of psychic and social life, Keltner offers innovative readings of the concepts most widely discussed in Kristeva scholarship: the semiotic and symbolic, abjection, love, and loss. She also provides new interpretations of some of the most controversial issues surrounding Kristeva's work, including Kristeva's conceptions of intimacy, social and cultural difference, and Oedipal subjectivity, by contextualizing them within her methodological approach and oeuvre as a whole.
Julia Kristeva: Thresholds is an engaging and accessible introduction to Kristeva's theoretical and fictional works that will be of interest to both students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences.
About the Author
S. K. Keltner is Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction: Thresholds Chapter 1: Kristeva's Theory of Meaning and Subjectivity § The Semiotic and the Symbolic, § From the Symbolic to the Semiotic - The Phenomenological Theory of Meaning, § From the Semiotic to the Symbolic - The Psychoanalytic Theory of Meaning, § The Dialectic of Semiotic and Symbolic Chapter 2: Kristeva's Psychoanalytic - Abjection, Love, and Loss § Kristeva's Theory of Subjective Diachrony, § Powers of Horror, § Tales of Love, § Black Sun, § Abjection, Love, and Loss in the Wake of Symbolic Collapse Chapter 3: The Public Stakes of Intimacy § What Is Intimacy? § Intimacy and the Event of Natality, § Freud's Involution of Intimacy, § Abjection Ð Intimate Suffering/ Public Horror, § "Ravaged Intimacy" and the Event of Death," § What's Love Got to Do with It? Chapter 4: Intimate Revolt and the Society of the Spectacle § The Spectacular Horizon of Kristeva's Concept of Revolt, § The Scandal of Timelessness - Kristeva's Phenomenological-Psychoanalytic Concept of Time, § In Search of an Experience - Prouvéstian Revolt, § Sex and Time: The Interminable Revolt of Female Genius Chapter 5: So Many Oedipuses, So Little Time § Reviving Oedipus, § Oedipus is dead, and we have killed him, § The Irony of Antigone, pariah of the sacred, § Anti-Oedipus Chapter 6: Kristeva's Novelistic Approach to Social and Political Life § Homo Spectator, § Detective Fiction: Kristeva's Proper, Specular Inquiry, § Inspector Freud; Dr. Delacour, § My Own Private Byzantium; or, the Odd Future Anterior of Kristeva's Hero Conclusion: Politics at the Margin - Kristeva's Wager on the Future of Revolt Further reading Notes References Index