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Body-text in Julia Kristeva : religion, women, and psychoanalysis / ed. David R. Crownfield

Secondary Author Crownfield, David R., 1930- Country Estados Unidos. Publication Albany : State University of New York Press, cop. 1992 Description XX, 160 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-7914-1130-3 CDU 159.964.2 396
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Julia Kristeva works at a crucial intersection of contemporary disciplines: psychoanalysis, linguistics, semiotics, literary criticism, feminism, postmodern philosophy, and religious studies. This volume examines this rich body of work and the ways in which its interdisciplinary style gives insight into problems in understanding religion. Special attention is given to two related themes: the understanding of woman in relation to religion and the role of mother (especially of mother's body) in the formation of self and of a religious discourse.

Issues recurrent in the essays include the problem of ethics; the relation between discourse and the life of the body; the formation and sublimation of narcissism; the pre-Oedipal function of the father; the functions of fantasy, imagination, and art; the relation of religion to the negation of woman; and the possibility of positive and playful religion. The themes of the relation between the symbolic structures of language and a pre-symbolic semiotics of the infant body, of the split and decentered subject, and of the opposition between desire and Jouissance (ecstatic enjoyment) participate in organizing the discussion. Abjection and sacrifice in religion, the dynamics of Christian love and faith, the relation between the doctrine of the Virgin Mary and the experience of motherhood, and the question of feminism and its sometimes quasi-religious forms are also thematic.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments
  • Pre-text
  • 1 Situating Kristeva Differently: Psychoanalytic Readings of Woman and Religion
  • Inter-text 1
  • 2 Metaphor, Meta-Narrative, and Mater-Narrative in Kristeva's "Stabat Mater"
  • Inter-text 2
  • 3 The Sublimation of Narcissism in Christian Love and Faith
  • Inter-text 3
  • 4 The Mother in Mimesis: Kristeva and Girard on Violence and the Sacred
  • Inter-text 4
  • 5 Kristeva's Chora and the Subject of Postmodern Ethics
  • Inter-text 5
  • Inter-text 6
  • 7 Joying in the Truth of Self-Division
  • Inter-text 7
  • Extra-text: Questions
  • Contributors
  • Index
  • Selected Bibliography
  • 6 Art and Religious Discourse in Aquinas and Kristeva

Author notes provided by Syndetics

David Crownfield is Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Northern Iowa. He is co-editor of Lacan and Theological Discourse, also published by SUNY Press.

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