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Dewey Decimal Project: 843 KRI Powers of horror : an essay on abjection

The 840s put me in French literature, Cover of Powers of HorrorI spotted Kristeva’s name on the spine and, having read Desire in Language during my MFA, I decided I’d read this. I’d forgotten that I hated Desire in Language, finding her writing incoherent and her uncritical acceptance of Freudian theory laughable. I also had read another Kristeva book along the way on this project, her biography of Hannah Arendt which I liked enough to have forgotten my distaste for her writing in Desire in Language

My feeling here was that it was more of what I disliked about Desire in Language and less what I liked about Hannah Arendt. I think the biggest issue is just that I’m too turned off by Freud and Lacan to be able to appreciate Kristeva.

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Dewey Decimal Project: 320.509 ARE Hannah Arendt

Looking overNewImage the shelves gave me ajada with all the conservative nonsense books. Seeing the combination of Hannah Arendt and Julia Kristeva on the spine of this book left me feeling that there might be some hope after all for the 300s.

This is a biography of sorts, but one really focusing more on Arendt’s life of the mind than anything else. I knew only a little about Arendt before reading this book and seeing her placed in the context of philosophy and twentieth-century history. Learning her connection with Heidegger and her German origins was illuminating. Kristeva managed to be just the right author to write this book.

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