Julia Kristeva: Revolt, She Said


Julia Kristeva
Revolt, She Said

May ’68 in France expressed a fundamental version of freedom: not freedom to succeed, but freedom to revolt. Political revolutions ultimately betray revolt because they cease to question themselves. Revolt, as I understand it—psychic revolt, analytic revolt, artistic revolt—refers to a permanent state of questioning, of transformations, an endless probing of appearances.

In this book, Julia Kristeva extends the definition of revolt beyond politics per se. Kristeva sees revolt as a state of permanent questioning and transformation, of change that characterizes psychic life and, in the best cases, art. For her, revolt is not simply about rejection and destruction—it is a necessary process of renewal and regeneration.

Julia Kristeva is a cultural theorist and psychoanalyst.

Published by Semiotext(e), 2002
Design by Hedi El Kholti
ISBN: 1-58435-015-6
144 pages, paperback

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Weight 120 g
Dimensions 114 × 12 × 176 mm
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