Crisis, Revolt, Intimacy

Birgit Schippers

in Julia Kristeva and Feminist Thought

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640898
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671830 | DOI:
Crisis, Revolt, Intimacy

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Kristeva's writings on crisis and revolt are the focus of this chapter. These topics, which underpin Kristeva's wider philosophical considerations, receive a distinctive attention in her work published since the 1990s. While one of the aims of this chapter consists of a careful unpacking and interpretation of these writings, its particular interest revolves around two related themes that emerge from Kristeva's texts; these are the etymological link between crisis and critique and its potential for feminism, and her notion of intimate revolt, described by some commentators as a 'displacement of politics', and its consequence for female revolt. This chapter suggests that Kristeva's notion of the feminine, together with the importance she accords to a critical ethos, holds out the promise of establishing feminism as a critical project. A feminist scrutiny of these writings is therefore crucial, because it brings to the fore Kristeva's attention to issues of key concern to feminism, including the micro-political aspects of subjectivity and politics, the mutually constitutive realms of embodiment, psychic and social-political life, and the theorisation of female sexuality.

Keywords: crisis; revolt; critique; feminism; intimate revolt; female sexuality; the feminine

Chapter.  12043 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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