Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art

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Columbia University Press, 1980 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 305 pages
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Desire in Language traces the path of an investigation, extending over a period of ten years, into the semiotics of literature and the arts. But the essays of Julia Kristeva in this volume, though they often deal with literature and art, do not amount to either "literary criticism" or "art criticism." Their concern, writes Kristeva, "remains intratheoretical: they are based on art and literature in order to subvert the very theoretical, philosophical, or semiological apparatus."

Probing beyond the discoveries of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Roman Jakobson and others, Julia Kristeva proposes and tests theories centered on the nature and development of the novel, and on what she has defined as a signifying practice in poetic language and pictural works. Desire in Language fully shows what Roman Jakobson has called Kristeva's "genuine gift of questioning generally adopted 'axioms,' and her contrary gift of releasing various 'damned questions' from their traditional question marks."

 

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This work contains two classical essays by Kristeva in which she introduces her idea of intertextuality. This concept is central to modern literary criticism and connects Kristeva's work to Mikhail Bakhtin's dialogism.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
iii
THE ESSAYS
9
THE ETHICS OF LINGUISTICS
11
THE BOUNDED TEXT
24
WORD DIALOGUE AND NOVEL
52
HOW DOES ONE SPEAK TO LITERATURE?
80
FROM ONE IDENTITY TO AN OTHER
112
THE FATHER LOVE AND BANISHMENT
136
THE NOVEL AS POLYLOGUE
147
GIOTTOS JOY
198
MOTHERHOOD ACCORDING TO GIOVANNI BELLINI
225
PLACE NAMES
259
Notes
280
INDEX
283
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Julia Kristeva, internationally known psychoanalyst and critic, is Professor of Linguistics at the University de Paris VII. She has hosted a French television series and is the author of many critically acclaimed books published by Columbia University Press in translation, including Time and Sense: Proust and the Experience of Literature and the novel, Possessions.

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