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

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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. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

I should make it clear as well that I'm no expert, and I certainly have not read this book in the original language as my French extends no further than the edges of a menu. At a time when simple definitions of human psychology abound this is an unusually deep and rich well and it brings us back to the essential mystery of human beings, who are so much more than flesh, blood and bone.And then, to a certain extent, she turns it around with an account of horror and prohibition in the Old Testament, how that relates to Judaeo-Christian and Platonic concepts. and present threats to the subject on the level of The Real like for real, a lesson learned long before science. Kristeva associates this aesthetic experience of the abject, rather, with poetic catharsis: "an impure process that protects from the abject only by dint of being immersed in it".

There is a psychological mechanism that isn’t very well known yet is involved behind the scenes in many emotions. Labai gera pradžia, kur iškart aiškinama abjekcija, ir kiek tas veiksmas apima, tiksliau, kaip ir iki kiek Kristeva ją išplečia.

In Powers of Horror though she's at her finest, drawing on her dual careers as a practicing psychoanalyst and a linguist. Another reviewer mentioned that once you get past this middle but, the good stuff comes back and her critiques become as brilliant as Sontag's--I've never read Sontag, but exploring her work sounds like a better use of my time at this point.

We did all the usual tourist things, but what I remember best was my first sight of a man with a missing leg, struggling to get through the subway turnstile. Ritual, such as through religion or politics, can help to eject the abject from human society (much like the human body ejects waste), however, the human subject can never be completely free from the abject because it helps to define life while threatening to destroy life. I'd be interested in seeing what someone from a non-psychoanalytic background could do with the basic ideas in this book. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

But you'll more than likely be goaded into a second reading anyway by Kristeva's fucking gorgeous writing. Interestingly, her pre-AIDS argument posits tears and sperm as non-threatening excresences, but I feel if she'd been born later the sperm-threat would involve Patriarchal Authority or somesuch rather than The Real reasons. Julia Kristeva's Powers of Horror , which theorizes the notion of the 'abject' in a series of blisteringly insightful analyses, is as relevant, as necessary, and as courageous today as it seemed in 1984.

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