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Julia Kristeva and Feminist Thought

Birgit Schippers

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This book appraises the relationship between contemporary feminism and Julia Kristeva, a major figure in Continental thought. It addresses the conflicting range of feminist responses to Kristeva's key ideas and Kristeva's equally conflicting as well as ambiguous position vis-à-vis feminism.

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1. Kristeva and Feminism: A Critical Encounter
2. Crisis, Revolt, Intimacy
3. Corporeal Ethics: Between Violence and Forgiveness
4. The Singularity of Genius
5. Towards a Philosophy of Freedom?

About the Author

Birgit Schippers is Senior Lecturer in Politics at St Mary's University College Belfast. Her areas of interest include feminist theory, citizenship and democratic theory, and identity politics.


Schippers provides a very readable and balanced account of the complex relations between Kristeva's thought and contemporary feminism. While making some telling criticisms of Kristeva, Schippers reads her recent philosophy of freedom and revolt - against the grain - as a feminist philosophy and succeeds in making Kristeva's ideas productive for feminist political thinking.
- Alison Stone, Reader in European Philosophy, Lancaster University

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