Julia Kristeva: live theory

John Lechte, Maria Margaroni

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This innovative introductory text not only clearly explains Kristeva’s most difficult ideas, but also provides new insights into her work. All Kristeva’s key concepts are clearly explained, and new interpretations are offered of the “chora,” “Oedipus” and “abjection,” as well as “revolt” and the “feminine genius.” Kristeva’s intellectual development is set in historical and political context and the creative power of her work is also highlighted. Finally, the original interview reveals Kristeva’s true intellectual and political aspirations. Introduction / Maria Margaroni and John Lechte 1. The semiotic revolution : lost causes, uncomfortable remainders, binding futures / Maria Margaroni 2. The trial of the third : Kristeva’s Oedipus and the crisis of identification / Maria Margaroni 3. Love and death by any other name ... (on love and melancholia) / John Lechte 4. Violence, ethics and transcendence : Kristeva and Levinas / John Lechte 5. The imaginary and the spectacle : Kristeva’s view / John Lechte Interview : sharing singularity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
ISBN (Print)0826463568
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Kristeva, Julia, b. 1941
  • modern literature


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