Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Kristeva - Foreign Body

Kristeva - Foreign Body

Ratings: (0)|Views: 21|Likes:
Published by Lady Mosad
Uploaded from Google Docs
Uploaded from Google Docs

More info:

Published by: Lady Mosad on Oct 16, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





W.E.B. Du Bois Institute
Foreign BodyAuthor(s): Julia Kristeva and Scott L. MalcomsonSource:
No. 59 (1993), pp. 172-183Published by: Indiana University Press on behalf of the W.E.B. Du Bois InstituteStable URL:
Accessed: 06/12/2009 16:11
Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of JSTOR's Terms and Conditions of Use, available athttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp. JSTOR's Terms and Conditions of Use provides, in part, that unlessyou have obtained prior permission, you may not download an entire issue of a journal or multiple copies of articles, and youmay use content in the JSTOR archive only for your personal, non-commercial use.Please contact the publisher regarding any further use of this work. Publisher contact information may be obtained athttp://www.jstor.org/action/showPublisher?publisherCode=iupress.Each copy of any part of a JSTOR transmission must contain the same copyright notice that appears on the screen or printedpage of such transmission.JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org.
 Indiana University Press
W.E.B. Du Bois Institute
are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve andextend access to
AconversationwithJuliaKristevaandScott L.Malcomson.
Attheageof25,JuliaKristevaemergedfull-grownfrom the cabin of aBulgarianairplane.It was1966. LacanpublishedEcrits,FoucaultpublishedTheOrderofThings,and Kristevalet herself looseinthecandyshop.The nextyearherarticlesbegan appearinginthe mostprestigiousjournalsandhavebeenever since.RolandBarthesreviewedherfirstbook: "Shealways destroysthelatestpreconception,the one wethoughtwecould be comfortedby,theone of whichwecould beproud."Theatmosphereofthoseyearswasevidentlyboth destruc-tive andcommunitarian,such that anintellectual could at once demolish thepreconceptionsof hercompanionsandjoinwith them ingroups.Both decisionswereseen aspolitical.Kristeva wasaffiliatedfirst with thestructuralistsandsemioticians,then with the avant-gardistsatTelQuel,then with Maoists(TelQuelagain),andonto Lacanianpsy-choanalysts.At the sametime,shewascritiquingall of them and some othersbesides,notablyfeminists.To havehad somany loyalties,andbeendisloyal simultaneouslyis,if noth-ingmore,a testament totheintellectualvitalityofKristeva andof Paris.Therehave, however,been someconsistentthemes inherwork. Shenearlyalwaysproposessomerebellious,fearfullyun-hingedrealm-pre-Oedipalsemiotic,maternal,imaginary,chora,foreignness-whichexistsalongsideandwith an or-derly,closeddomain-symbolic,Law oftheFather,the nation(oruniversalism).The two worlds don't oftenget along.Kristevausuallysides with the firstone,which is notsurprising,as sheisaforeign,maternalrebelwithplentyofimagination.StrangersoOurselves,firstpublishedin1989,translated intoEnglishin1991,isameditation onl'etranger,theforeigner/stranger.Its firstsectionisadelirious "Toccatta andFuguefortheForeigner,"combiningautobiographicalmaterial withstoriesgleanedfromherpsychoanalysands.The rest isahistoryof theWestern notion offoreigner,fromAeschylusto theEEC.Thebook's se-quel,Nations WithoutNationalism,will bepublishedthisyear.Inboth,Kristevatries tofigureout awaytokeepher two
warringworlds,oneraw,onecooked,inahappybalance.Wantingneitherthecoldtyrannyof OneWorlduniversalismnorthe isolationistmicrotyrannyofnationalisms,Kristeva islookingforabettercosmopolitanism.Unfortunately,Parisisn't whatit used tobe,and she'salsolookingfora newcountry,as shetoldme onewintry dayin a borrowedapartmentoverlookingthe HudsonRiver.JuliaKristeva:Idon'tfeelverycom-fortablenowin France. I feel likeaveryprivilegedimmigrant,but neverthelessanimmigrant.I feel anincreasinghos-tility.So one ofthe reasonsIcame is tosee whetherIcanbegina newexile,maybenotin theUnitedStates,asmyEnglishis notvery good,butperhapsinCanada.Ihad the notionthat these coun-tries,maybebecausetheyare countriesofimmigrants,would bemoreopen.ButIdon'thave theimpressionthatyouare much moreadvancedthan we! Thereisperhapsahistoryofwelcomingim-migrants,butin actual fact there'sawarherebetween the ethnicgroups,andanintolerance.OfcourseIcould livein auniversityghetto.But that isn'twhatIwant.Iwouldlike to livein apolyvalentnationalcommunity.ButIdon'thave
FOREIGNBODY 173JuliaKristeva
CJohn Foley

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->