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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Duygu Ozmekik rated it really liked it Aug 05, Be the first to ask a question about Strangers to Ourselves. Duygu Ozmekik rated it it was amazing Jan 05, The most interesting sections of this work are the earliest chapters. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Arek rated it it was ok Apr 13, To ask other readers questions about Strangers to Ourselvesplease sign up. Ellen Jin rated it liked it Apr 07, This book has helped me to realize how extremely we depend from our cultural background. Her positioning of the foreigner as an Abject entity holds these people in bad faith, with the discourse of this novel only limiting the potential of the immigrant as a viable and autonomous entity.

Philosophically and in mythology and literature. There’s strsngers final section, seemingly as relevant today as it was when she wrote the book almost 30 years ago, about the new wave of migrants sgrangers France, and concerns about assimilation, that she incorporates into her thesis.

Quincy rated it really liked it Jul 24, The notion that the foreigner returns to us as a dark reflection of our inner being, and that we can only love or hate tp to the degree that we accept or reject ourselves, is supported by many examples from antiquity to the modern era most especially, and obviously, Camus and Sartre.

There are though places where this book never measures up to the greatness you’d expect from Kristeva on this topic.

Iria rated it really liked it Sep 05, Columbia University Press- Literary Criticism – pages. Today this question might be felled of empty determinations. Refresh and try again.


She also founded the Simone de Beauvoir Prize. Preview — Strangers to Ourselves by Julia Kristeva.

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She analyzes her own experience in France and says that not really feels like at home. Strangers to Ourselves Julia Kristeva Limited preview – She is able to pin down a lot of diverse places in history where elements came together in a manner to promote a wider view ouurselves who and what is “foreign” and who and what is domestic and also does a good job explaining the French mindset of national polity and expansion.

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. Andrew rated it it was ok May 09, Strangers to Ourselves European Perspectives: The main thesis of this and next chapters is that we are often wrong about why we do something and even about how we felt.

It’s very late and Strangsrs am incredibly tired so in lieu of a proper review I’ll bullet point some thoughts: I am not convinced that emancipation for immigrants and exiles will be achieved through acceptance of psychoanalytic discourse.

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Strangers to Ourselves by Julia Kristeva

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

Sep 17, Erdem Tasdelen rated it it was ok. The problem that I had with this book is that it takes what appears to be a personal experience and universalizes that experience as one of all foreigners. 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.

Margherita rated it it was ok Sep 09, I shut this book with A sad sack of induction oursepves. 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.


Strangers to Ourselves

In doing so, the remit of exactly what Kristeva is talking about is widened to include essentially anything resembling the concept of “otherness”. Sarah rated it it was ok Sep 02, Nov 30, Reuben rated it liked it Shelves: The main thesis is neatly-wrapped but nonetheless fails to surmount speciousness.

And every time it looks like endless game with mirrors. In this case it helpfully to read the Chapter 4 Knowing who we are where Kristeva tries to understand not only cultural or social roots of our identity, but tries to examine ontological basis of it.

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.

When we try to run away from our culture we must rebuild not only ourselvesbut also others. 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: My library Help Advanced Book Search. She discusses the legal status of foreigners throughout history, gaining perspective on our own civilization.

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

Like all her works, if your French is up for it, read it in the original French. But this serves more ourselvees political history than as a substantive piece of philosophy. Julia Kristeva is a Stranges psychoanalyst, sociologist, critic and philosopher. Banal Nationalism Michael Billig Limited preview – She discusses the foreigner in Greek tragedy, in the Bible, and in the literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and the twentieth century.

Columbia University Press has published other books by Kristeva in English: