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Revolution in Poetic Language (European Perspectives Series) 1st Edition

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A lucid and creative consideration of the status and stakes of contemporary cultural criticism, it is essential reading for students of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries--and a monumental challenge to all of us.

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Students and scholars of psychoanalysis, semiotics, linguistics, and feminist theory alike will rejoice to see Julia Kristeva's "La Revolution du langue poetique" now finally appearing in English... A crucially important book.

(Toril Moi French Studies)

A lucid and creative consideration of the status and stakes of contemporary cultural criticism, it is an essential reading for students of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - and a monumental challenge to all of us.

(Alice Jardine, Harvard University)
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Product Details

  • Series: European Perspectives Series
  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1st edition (April 15, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231056435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231056434
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The previous reviewer clearly did not understand this intricate and admittedly difficult work in the least - it is certainly NOT an example of the "emperor has no clothes" syndrome. It is, however, a challenging and complicated work that presumes a good deal of exposure to continental philosophy (especially the phenomonologies of Hegel, Husserl, and Heidegger) and Freudian/Lacanian psychoanalysis. Kristeva does an impresive and convincing - as well as constructive - job of tying together these overlapping philosophical/ideolgical traditions and ties them into notions of how a subject comes to exist as such in and through a world of language... Going behind the mis-en-abime of Lacan and beyond the linguistic monism of postsrtucturalism, Kristeva gives a living, breathing account of these different themes (of which the previous reviewer seem utterly unaware - but then again, philosophy can be hard)....more later...
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In this great book, you will find a whirled stairway to the very innards of that stirring and shaking inquiry called theory. From Saussure to Husserl, from Plato to Freud, and taking on Chomsky, Frege, Hjelmslev and las but not least, Lacan, Kristeva undertakes a criticism which is that of the two most troubling concepts in the western thought: the subject and the sign.

In order to a new and, more and foremost, springing overture to come about, this French psychoanalyst and critic penetrates in the very core of the more intricated authors who built his theories within the sing and the subject; a sign and a subject Kristeva tears apart from the confortable room that eiher in structuralism (with Saussure and Hjelmslev, but also with Noam Chomsky) as in fenomenology (with Husserl)they reside, and finds out the semiotic, this motilities drives whiches allow a freer subject to show up in the very symbolism of language and, even with no destroy it, disrupt it from within, taking over the symbolic whereby all the socials constraints burst into the individual.

Thus, we have in this Etrangere (as Barthes named her) one of the most creative and, hence, one of the most revolutionaries thought the twentieth century give us.
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I stumbled across the three-star average for this and was appalled. Of course, it is based on one person giving a poor toss-off review and another person giving a positive review, still a toss-off. I identify with what the latter reviewer is doing here. Amazon reviews cannot do this work justice. You have to go soak this in for yourself. All I can say is that it is as life-changing as theory gets. All the rest of us can dream of being so revolutionary and lucid as Kristeva here. That is the use of this book in this era. An important use at that.
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Exactly like the title says, I do not know what to think of Kristeva's book Desire in Language. In the first seventy pages or so, (no I haven't finished the book, so my criticism is probably imperfect) I am introduced to more concepts than is possible to understand. Granted that to define some of these concepts is impossible because they are the way in which a text / psyche works and not a definition per se.
But concepts can be fleshed out with constant usage in constant variations throughout the text. Symbolic, semiotic, chora ... all these are words fleshed out by Kristeva. But then come words that are used only for a couple of pages. It is these words that I had problems with, phenotexts, gynotexts, doxa, position, hyle...
I have learned that this is merely a third of the original french book. and that the parts not translated are the parts that give examples of Kristeva's text. So, I guess I am displeased about that although it is no fault of Kristeva.
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