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Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (European Perspectives Series) Reprint Edition

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ISBN-10: 0231053479
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Kristeva is one of the leading voices in contemporary French criticism, on a par with such names as Genette, Foucault, Greimas and others. . . ." [Powers of Horror]" is an excellent introduction to an aspect of contemporary French literature which has been allowed to become somewhat neglected in the current emphasis on paraphilosophical modes of discourse.

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Kristeva is one of the leading voices in contemporary French criticism, on a par with such names as Genette, Foucault, Greimas and others...[Powers of Horror is] an excellent introduction to an aspect of contemporary French literature which has been allowed to become somewhat neglected in the current emphasis on para-philosophical modes of discourse. The sections on Céline, for example, are indispensable reading for those interested in this writer and place him within a context that is both illuminating and of general interest.

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Product Details

  • Series: European Perspectives Series
  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Reprint edition (April 15, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231053479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231053471
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Insightful. Terribly insightful. Not an easy reading. Deep, revealing, an eye opener. It's something between psychology and philosophy, a serious, sound, fascinating reading. Depending on your inner ego, depending on how much close to death and horror you have been, this is one of the best books I have ever read.

David
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This is by far one of my favorite texts. The abject touches everything in our lives and Kristeva poetically engages with the third position beautifully. A must read for feminists, art students, and anyone into psychoanalysis or disgust.
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Although this work is complex and at times dense (possibly because it has been translated from the original French) Kristeva has some profound insights into the psyche and the abject. She draws heavily on Freudian Psychology, which I don't always agree with, but equally there were many 'aha' moments for me. Important work.
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This is a complex book that required me to move through it slowly. I now understand why it is a foundational text. At times, I found myself pondering where there was abjection in myself and the people I know.
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A must for any Gender Studies and/or Psychology scholar. It is leaden in density and academic rigor but very illuminating.
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Not linear writing. Difficult book to read. Interesting book.
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