Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art
"Desire in Language" traces the path of an investigation, extending over a period of ten years, into the semiotics of literature and the arts. But the essays of Julia Kristeva in this volume, though they often deal with literature and art, do not amount to either "literary criticism" or "art criticism." Their concern, writes Kristeva, "remains intratheoretical: they are ba...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published April 22nd 1982 by Columbia University Press
(first published April 15th 1980)
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wow. tough, tough book. kristeva is too smart for me these days. it took me an hour to read 4 pages back in my brainiest days of french theory classes; today, it would take me years. but such great insight and delicacy, she's got. 'giotto's joy' was a favorite.
sigh, i feel dumb.
sigh, i feel dumb.
Julia Kristeva is a French psychoanalyst, sociologist, critic and philosopher. She researches on psychoanalysis of the Lacanian tradition, and has interest in semiotics. She also founded the Simone de Beauvoir Prize.More about Julia Kristeva...
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“The other that will guide you and itself through this dissolution is a rhythm, text, music, and within language, a text. But what is the connection that holds you both together? Counter-desire, the negative of desire, inside-out desire, capable of questioning (or provoking) its own infinite quest. Romantic, filial, adolescent, exclusive, blind and Oedipal: it is all that, but for others. It returns to where you are, both of you, disappointed, irritated, ambitious, in love with history, critical, on the edge and even in the midst of its own identity crisis; a crisis of enunciation and of the interdependence of its movements, an instinctual drive that descends in waves, tearing apart the symbolic thesis.”More quotes…