Is there a Feminine Genius?*

Julia Kristeva

in The Promotion of Knowledge

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263129
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734861 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Is there a Feminine Genius?*

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on feminine genius. It highlights the achievements of Hannah Arendt, Melanie Klein, and Colette in their respective fields. It defines the concept of feminine genius and describes the similarities and differences of these three women. It also comments on the sexual, social and political liberation of women and their entry into various political and intellectual domains in the twentieth century.

Keywords: feminine genius; Hannah Arendt; Melanie Klein; Colette; women; British Academy; centenary celebration

Chapter.  5093 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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