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Head cases : Julia Kristeva on philosophy and art in depressed times

Author: Elaine P Miller
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
Series: Columbia themes in philosophy, social criticism, and the arts.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, Julia Kristeva recognizes the power of art and the imagination to unblock important sources of meaning. She also appreciates the process through which creative acts counteract and transform feelings of violence and depression. Reviewing the psychoanalyst-philosopher's entire corpus, Elaine P. Miller considers  Read more...
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Named Person: Julia Kristeva; Julia Kristeva; Julia Kristeva; Julia Kristeva
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine P Miller
ISBN: 9780231166829 0231166826 9780231537117 0231537115
OCLC Number: 861211198
Awards: Winner of Book Prize 2015
Description: xiii, 245 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Losing our heads --
Kristeva and Benjamin: melancholy and the allegorical imagination --
Kenotic art: negativity, iconoclasm, inscription --
To be and remain foreign: tarrying with l'inquietante etrangete alongside Arendt --
And Kafka --
Sublimating maman: experience, time, and the re-erotization of existence in --
Kristeva's reading of Marcel Proust --
The "Orestes Complex": thinking hatred, forgiveness, Greek tragedy, and the --
Cinema of the "thought specular" with Hegel, Freud, and Klein --
Conclusion: forging a/head.
Series Title: Columbia themes in philosophy, social criticism, and the arts.
Responsibility: Elaine P. Miller.

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"While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, Julia Kristeva recognizes the power of art and the imagination to unblock important sources of meaning. She also appreciates the process through which creative acts counteract and transform feelings of violence and depression. Reviewing the psychoanalyst-philosopher's entire corpus, Elaine P. Miller considers Kristeva's aesthetic idea and thought spectacular in their capacity to reshape depressive thought on both the individual and cultural level. She revisits Kristeva's reading of Walter Benjamin with reference to melancholic art and the imagination's allegorical structure; her analysis of Byzantine iconoclasm in relation to Freud's psychoanalytic theory of negation and Hegel's dialectical negativity; her understanding of Proust as an exemplary practitioner of sublimation; her rereading of Kant and Arendt in terms of art as an intentional lingering with foreignness; and her argument that forgiveness is both a philosophical and psychoanalytic method of transcending a stuck existence. Focusing on specific artworks that illustrate Kristeva's ideas, from ancient Greek tragedy to early photography, contemporary installation art, and film, Miller positions creative acts as a form of spiritual inoculation against the violence of our society and its discouragement of thought and reflection."--Wheelers.co.nz.

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Deftly moving through Julia Kristeva's entire body of work, Elaine P. Miller brilliantly stages engagements between Kristeva's thought and that of Adorno, Arendt, Augustine, Benjamin, Freud, Green, Read more...

 
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