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The Philosophy of Julia Kristeva 

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The Philosophy of Julia Kristeva

Edited by Sara G. Beardsworth
Volume XXXVI in the Library of Living Philosophers series

This monumental volume includes Kristeva’s autobiographical reflections in interviews with Samuel Dock, published here in English for the first time, plus thirty-six critical essays by leading thinkers of today and experts on Kristeva’s work, along with Kristeva’s replies to each essay, and a complete Kristeva bibliography.

Julia Kristeva’s work has extraordinary breadth, from linguistics and literature to psychoanalysis, religion, public health, maternity, ethics, and politics, as well as her original and penetrating works of fiction. Kristeva has extended semiotics through the notions of intertextuality, dialogism, and semanalysis. Her readings of Plato, Hegel, Heidegger, Sartre, and Arendt enrich the encounters in psychoanalysis and literature across a broad front. Her search for a new humanist vision both keeps a stake in Enlightenment thinking and redraws the philosophical and psychoanalytic paths of what has come to be known as “negativity,” opening up investigations that resonate with the crises humanity is facing in our times.

Sara G. Beardsworth, Editor of the Library of Living Philosophers, received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Warwick, and has taught at Vanderbilt University, the University of Memphis, and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her book Julia Kristeva: Psychoanalysis and Modernity received the Honorable Mention for the 2006 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship from the Canadian Psychological Association.

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