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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] ©2014
Series: Columbia themes in philosophy, social criticism, and the arts.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, the philosopher and psychoanalyst 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 Kristeva's corpus, Elaine P. Miller  Read more...
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Miller, Elaine P., 1962-
Head cases.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
(DLC) 2013024130
(OCoLC)861211198
Named Person: Julia Kristeva; Julia Kristeva; Julia Kristeva
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine P Miller
ISBN: 9780231537117 0231537115
OCLC Number: 960202396
Awards: Winner of Book Prize 2015
Description: 1 online resource (245 pages)
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.
Other Titles: Julia Kristeva on philosophy and art in depressed times
Responsibility: Elaine P. Miller.
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"While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, the philosopher and psychoanalyst 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 Kristeva's corpus, Elaine P. Miller considers the intellectual's "aesthetic idea" and "thought specular" 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"--Provided by publisher.

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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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