Revolt, Affect, Collectivity

The Unstable Boundaries of Kristeva's Polis

Edited by Tina Chanter & Ewa Plonowska Ziarek

Subjects: Political Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Gender Theory
Paperback : 9780791465684, 223 pages, September 2005
Hardcover : 9780791465677, 223 pages, September 2005

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Table of contents

Tina Chanter and Ewa Płonowska Ziarek


1. Julia Kristeva and the Revolutionary Politics of Tel Quel
Joan Brandt

2. From Revolution to Revolt Culture
Sara Beardsworth

3. Kristeva and Fanon: Revolutionary Violence and Ironic Articulation
Ewa Płonowska Ziarek

4. Revolt and Forgiveness
Kelly Oliver


5. The Skin of the Community: Affect and Boundary Formation
Sara Ahmed

6. Bearing Witness in the Polis: Kristeva, Arendt, and the Space of Appearance
Noëlle McAfee

7. Political Affections: Kristeva and Arendt on Violence and Gratitude
Peg Birmingham


8. The Exoticization and Universalization of the Fetish, and the Naturalization of the Phallus: Abject Objections
Tina Chanter

9. On the Border between Abjection and the Third: The (Re)Birth of Narcissus in the Works of Julia Kristeva
Pleshette DeArmitt

10. Black and Blue: Kieslowski's Melancholia
Frances L. Restuccia


Explores how the concept of revolution permeates and unifies Kristeva’s body of work.


These original essays explore how the concept of revolution permeates and unifies Julia Kristeva's body of work by tracing its trajectory from her early engagement with the Tel Quel group, through her preoccupation in the 1980s with abjection, melancholia, and love, to her latest work. Some of the leading voices in Kristeva scholarship examine her reevaluation of the concept of revolt in the context of the changing cultural and political conditions in the West; the questions of the stranger, race, and nation; her reflections on narrative, public spaces, and collectivity in the context of her engagement with Hannah Arendt's work; her development and refinement of the notions of abjection, melancholia, and narcissism in her ongoing interrogation of aesthetics; as well as her contribution to film theory. Focused primarily on Kristeva's newest work—much of it only recently translated into English—this book breaks new ground in Kristeva scholarship.

Tina Chanter is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and author of several books, including Time, Death, and the Feminine: Levinas with Heidegger. Ewa PÂonowska Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York and editor of Gombrowicz's Grimaces: Modernism, Gender, Nationality, also published by SUNY Press.