Strangers to Ourselves has ratings and 11 reviews. Maksym said: One of the most popular Kristeva’s book is discovering the question of identity. Toda. Julia Kristeva pp | Cite as. ‘Strangers to Ourselves’ experienced by the subject, according to Julia Kristeva, are those produced by poetic language. At the beginning of Strangers to Ourselves, Kristeva gives a definition of the foreigner: ‘the foreigner lives within us: he is the hidden face of our.

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Return to Book Page. Yet, I guess it is the wrong way where have been fully crashed many modern projects include the project of identity. Iria rated it really liked it Sep 05, To ask other readers questions about Strangers to Ourselvesplease sign up.

Columbia University Press has published other books by Kristeva in English: Inizio a leggere i giornali, a scrivere e a cancellare quel che ho scritto, che avverto irrimediabilmente banale e inadeguato rispetto a quello che stiamo vivendo. Like all her works, if your French is up for it, read it in the atrangers French.

Kristeva begins with the personal and moves outward by examining world literature and philosophy.

There are though places where this book never measures up to the greatness you’d expect from Kristeva on this topic. It seems that Kristeva deeply understands the meaning of question and she also correctly asks us about identity. Cassey rated it really liked it Oct 20, Being an outsider and knowing what happens with tribal issues of acceptance of those like me, I love the revelation of Kristeva’s exploration of otherness and feel validated for the first time.

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.


She discusses the foreigner in Greek tragedy, in the Bible, and in the literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and the twentieth century.

Strangers to Ourselves by Julia Kristeva

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: Sarah rated it it was ok Sep 02, Strangers to Ourselves European Perspectives: The most interesting sections of this work are the earliest chapters. Kristeva seems to run out of steam and stop abruptly once she begins to discuss foreignness and strangeness in contemporary culture.

Kristeva begins with the personal and moves outward by examining world literature and philosophy. She also founded the Simone de Beauvoir Prize. The Unknown, and The Kristeva Reader. Arek rated it it was ok Apr 13, I was left feeling lost by the t of some sections in relation to her point. Sep 17, Erdem Tasdelen rated it it was ok.

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This point seems completely non-sequitur to the preceding work, and is rested upon a foundation of Kristeva’s subjective feelings and infallible conjecturing about psychoanalysis.

Have paused, not sure I will resume. Kristeva, who teaches linguistics at the University of Paris and is also a practicing psychoanalyst, traces the concept of the “stranger” or “foreigner” in various cultures and periods from the I shut this book with a sour face.

The main thesis is neatly-wrapped but nonetheless fails to surmount speciousness. Published June 10th by Columbia University Press first published She discusses the legal status of foreigners throughout history, gaining perspective on our own civilization. The last two chapters of the kristrva focus on a political solution that derives from psychoanalysis, stating that with Freud’s notion of the uncanny, one realizes the strangeness of oneself.

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Strangers to Ourselves

She discusses the foreigner in Greek tragedy, in the Bible, and in the literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and the twentieth century. I am not convinced that emancipation for immigrants and exiles will be achieved through acceptance of psychoanalytic discourse. Goodreads helps you keep kristeba of books you want to read.


Quotes from Strangers to Ours The opening section “Toccata and Fugue for the Foreigner” is widely anthologized and a great piece of writing that can stand on its own while the tk on Paul and Augustine is also very good.

Want to Read saving…. The result is thus a utopian wish for individuals to situate themselves as foreigners to themselves, the result of which is kgisteva embrace other individuals on account of this realization. Apr 30, Maksym Karpovets rated it liked it.

Ellen Jin rated it liked it Apr 07, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Julia Kristeva is a French psychoanalyst, sociologist, critic and philosopher.

That said, Kristeva often shines—as in strangres first section or her consideration of Rabelais and the Renaissance. When we try to run away from our culture we must rebuild not only ourselvesbut also others. The author reminds us about Cartesian tradition of subject and its feelings.

There remains yet another point of doubt here for one who is skeptic of psychoanalysis. No one listens to you. Certain sections, mostly in the historical chunk of the work, used such puffed up vocabulary that it took far longer than should have been needed for me to tease out exactly what was being said.

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