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By Julia Kristeva, Ross Mitchell Guberman

ISBN-10: 0231104871

ISBN-13: 9780231104876

A selection of twenty-two interviews and one own essay, Julia Kristeva Interviews offers an intimate and available portrait of 1 of France's most vital serious thinkers and highbrow personalities.

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As far as Lacan's ideas go-the Real, the Imaginary, and the Symbolic--I think it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to translate one rheory into another theory, because if one does, one ends in con- fusion and loses the specificity each author and each approach. would not like to perform this reduction. But it does seem to me that the semiotic-if one really wants to find correspondences with Lacanian ideas-corresponds to phenomena that for Lacan are in both the real and the imaginary. For hirn the real is a hole, a void, but I think that in a number of experiences with which psychoanalysis is concerned-most norably, the narcissistic structure, the experience of melancholia or of catastrophic suffering, and so on--the appearance of the real is not necessarily a void.

At the moment we're in the middle of a regression that is present in the form of areturn to the religious, areturn to a concept of transcendence, arehabilitation of spiritualism. It's a vast problem that can be inter-· preted in various ways. Ir is not uninteresting. There are now in France all sorts of spiritualist movements: pro-Christian, pro-Jewish, pro-this and pro-that. Here the Sartrean problem returns. I think there's a religion of reason in Sartrean thought, just as in the new spiritualists there's a religion of transcendence.

There's nothing more murderous for an than engagement. This is not to say that I am for art for art's sake. Art for an's sake is the reverse of l'art engage. Ir presumes that there is such a thing as pure form, and contents that would be abject. I think, on the contrary, that contents are formal and forms are contents. Again, if you understand modern an as an experience in psychosis, to work with forms is the most radical way to seize the moments of crisis. So there is a politieal component to artistie aetivity, and it cannot be direct.

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