Dive deep into Julia Kristeva’s Strangers to Ourselves with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. The most intense forms of estrangement experienced by the subject, according to Julia Kristeva, are those produced by poetic language. For while its origins are. At the beginning of Strangers to Ourselves, Kristeva gives a definition of the foreigner: . ‘Julia Kristeva in Conversation with Rosalind Coward’.

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Banal Nationalism Michael Billig Limited preview – In doing so, the remit of exactly what Kristeva is talking about is widened to include essentially anything resembling the concept of “otherness”.

Kristea 09, Sophie rated it it was ok. There remains yet another point of doubt here for one who is skeptic of psychoanalysis. The most interesting sections of this work are the earliest chapters. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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Strangers to Ourselves by Julia Kristeva

This book has helped me to realize how extremely we depend from our cultural background. Columbia University Press- Literary Criticism – pages. Kristeva examines what it means to be a “stranger” or alien in another land, and as someone who came to Paris from her native Bulgaria as a graduate student, as someone who is both a linguist and a psychoanalyst and maintains an active clinical practiceKristeva is in a great place in so many ways to consider the plight of A book that is at once iurselves acute and powerful in places and one ourselvfs is myopic and lacking for scope and detail in other sections, but altogether, a very necessary book: There’s a final section, seemingly as relevant today as it was when she wrote the book almost 30 years ago, about the new wave of migrants to France, and concerns about assimilation, that she incorporates into her thesis.

It horrifies me to hear Kristeva’s woebegone personal experiences projected into vague half-truths about the identity of the immigrant populace.

Strangers to Ourselves

This book is concerned with the notion of the “stranger” -the foreigner, outsider, or alien in a country and society not their own- as well as the notion of strangeness within the self -a person’s deep sense of being, as distinct from outside appearance and their conscious idea of self.


Sarah rated it it was ok Sep 02, She discusses the legal status of foreigners throughout history, gaining perspective on our own civilization. Jennifer rated it liked it Jan 14, She analyzes her own experience in France and says that not really feels like at home.

As charming as it may be to read about how the perception of the foreigner has kept changing in history, it fails to shed light on the current agenda. The problem that I had with this book is that it takes what appears to be a personal experience and universalizes that experience as one of all foreigners. She simply toys with ideas that deserve far more development than she’s willing or able to provide them—if they are to make sense and be winning arguments.

Doktor Limbi Zombie rated it liked it Aug 20, Wtrangers then pulls this together by suggesting that this otherness stranbers projected from our own psychological sense of insecurity onto other people, and by doing so everybody becomes a foreigner. Kristeva’s meditation on the foreigner as a double of our own inner self isn’t as lively and precise as some of her best work, but it’s still very perceptive and worth a read.

Today this question might be felled of empty determinations. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Did not like the introduction at all That said, Kristeva often shines—as in the first section or her consideration of Rabelais and the Renaissance.

A book that is at once highly acute and powerful in places and one that is myopic and lacking for scope and detail in other sections, but altogether, a very necessary book: Have paused, not sure I will resume. Columbia University Press has published other books by Kristeva in English: I shut this book with A sad sack of induction fallacies. But farther and farter it gets harder to understand where she sees the possible answers.

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Duygu Ozmekik rated it really liked it Ourseles 05, Her insights into the problems of nationality, particularly in France are more timely and relevant in an increasingly integrated and fractious world.


Also, she tilts her earlier arguements towards promoting a European Union-like unity of all nations and peoples which may sound nice in a Disney sort of way on the surface but is ungainly in the scope of this book. At one point she goes on to posit how the foreigner can only be negatively described: She is able to pin down stranges lot of diverse places in history where elements came together in a manner to promote a wider view of who and what is “foreign” and who and what is domestic and also does a good job explaining the French mindset of national polity and expansion.

There are ourselvrs discussion topics on this book yet. There are though places where this book never measures up to the oursdlves you’d expect from Kristeva on this topic. Duygu Ozmekik rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Nov 30, Reuben rated it liked it Shelves: Kristeva begins with the personal and moves outward by examining world literature and philosophy.

How could I behave? Like all her works, if your French is up for it, read it in the original French.

It’s very late and I am incredibly tired so in lieu iulia a proper review I’ll bullet point some thoughts: Columbia University Press Amazon. Strangers to Ourselves Julia Kristeva Limited preview – The language that is employed here almost seems like it would work better as an autobiography or fiction.

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Nov 07, Jylia rated it did not like it. This is without a doubt interesting, but it does not give Kristeva a lot of room to develop her over-arching thesis. Yet, I guess it is the wrong way where have been fully crashed many modern projects include the project of identity. Julia Oureelves is a French psychoanalyst, sociologist, critic and philosopher.

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