New Forms of Revolt

Essays on Kristeva's Intimate Politics

Edited by Sarah K. Hansen & Rebecca Tuvel

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy, Gender Studies, Comparative Literature, Women's Studies
Series: SUNY series in Gender Theory
Paperback : 9781438465203, 230 pages, January 2018
Hardcover : 9781438465210, 230 pages, June 2017

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Essays explore the significance of Julia Kristeva’s concept of intimate revolt for social and political philosophy.


Over the last twenty years, French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist Julia Kristeva has explored how global crises threaten people's ability to revolt. In a context of widespread war, deepening poverty, environmental catastrophes, and rising fundamentalisms, she argues that a revival of inner psychic experience is necessary and empowering. "Intimate revolt" has become a central concept in Kristeva's critical repertoire, framing and permeating her understanding of power, meaning, and identity. New Forms of Revolt brings together ten essays on this aspect of Kristeva's work, addressing contemporary social and political issues like immigration and cross-cultural encounters, colonial and postcolonial imaginations, racism and artistic representation, healthcare and social justice, the spectacle of global capitalism, and new media.

Sarah K. Hansen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Northridge. Rebecca Tuvel is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rhodes College.


"…this volume spans a highly interesting and varied number of topics and achieves excellent scholarly standards. Readers of Kristeva will be interested in this volume, as well as various scholars writing about political and social theory, language, or aesthetics." — Politics & Gender

"…the essays are a welcome addition to the literature on Kristeva, and deepen our understanding of the possibilities of forms of resistance." — French Studies

"This book is important for Kristeva scholars, as it expands and deepens areas of her work that have been dismissed by her critics. Further, it links Kristeva's philosophy to historical philosophers, contemporaries, and how her philosophy applies to pressing problems today. All of the essays are well done and valuable." — Danielle Poe, author of Maternal Activism: Mothers Confronting Injustice