Colette by Julia Kristeva
Look inside with Google Book Preview
By Julia Kristeva


By (author) See other recent books by Julia Kristeva
Translated by Jane Marie Todd See other recent books by Jane Marie Todd
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $59.95
Your Price: $53.96 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $5.99! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $2.70 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply

Colette by Julia Kristeva

Book Description

Published on the fiftieth anniversary of her death, this intellectual biography of Colette-the final volume of Julia Kristeva's trilogy "Female Genius"-will be considered a major breakthrough in understanding one of the great creative minds of the twentieth century. Colette (1873-1954) was a prolific novelist who celebrated sexual pleasure and invented a language for it at a time when women writers were inhibited about dealing with the topic. Female sexuality in a male-dominated world and the joys and pains of love served as her main themes, and her novels-Cheri, La Chatte, and Gigi, among them-blurred the boundaries between fact and fiction long before autobiographical novels became commonplace. She married three times, had male and female lovers, and for a time supported herself as a mime, dancing semi-nude in music halls throughout France. When she died, she received the first state funeral the French Republic had ever given a woman. Colette's writing was inspired by entertainers, courtesans, an aristocratic Parisian lesbian subculture, and fin de si cle gay aesthetes. She admired those who lived on the sexual edge and was accused of moral corruption in intellectual matters-she published in pro-Vichy, anti-Semitic journals during the Occupation, even as she fought to keep her Jewish third husband from deportation. Kristeva deftly examines Colette's controversial life and work and considers two of her most important influences, Honor de Balzac and Marcel Proust. In a multifaceted approach, Kristeva considers Colette's use of metaphor, the characters in her novels, and the development of her writing within the context of her life. Paying particular attention to the language the French writer used to "say the unsayable and name the unnameable," Kristeva offers an elegant and sophisticated critique of Colette's psychological conflicts, particularly her sexual relationships and how these conflicts are both recorded in and resolved through the act of writing. Appealing to Freudian and Lacanian concepts such as the Oedipus complex, perversion, the symbolic, and melancholy, Kristeva opens Colette's oeuvre to psychoanalytic interpretation. The impression that remains is of a woman intent on experiencing the world's pleasures-its jouissance-in a melding with the world's flesh.

Buy Colette book by Julia Kristeva from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780231128971
ISBN-10: 0231128975
Format: Paperback
(222mm x 180mm x 29mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 16-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...

Books By Author Julia Kristeva


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Colette book by Julia Kristeva and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Author Biography - Julia Kristeva

Julia Kristeva is professor of linguistics at the University of Paris VII. A world-renowned psychoanalyst and literary theorist, she is the author of many books, including Hannah Arendtand Melanie Klein (both published by Columbia). Jane Marie Todd is a translator living in Portland, Oregon. She has published some thirty translations, including Catherine Cl ment and Julia Kristeva's The Feminine and the Sacred (Columbia).

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Julia Kristeva close
Marriage as a Fine Art by Julia Kristeva
Teresa, My Love by Julia Kristeva
Severed Head by Julia Kristeva
Hatred and Forgiveness by Julia Kristeva
Severed Head by Julia Kristeva
This Incredible Need to Believe by Julia Kristeva
Murder in Byzantium by Julia Kristeva
Melanie Klein by Julia Kristeva
Intimate Revolt by Julia Kristeva
Hannah Arendt by Julia Kristeva
Portable Kristeva by Julia Kristeva
Sense and Non-Sense of Revolt by Julia Kristeva
Possessions by Julia Kristeva
New Maladies of the Soul by Julia Kristeva
Black Sun by Julia Kristeva
Language: The Unknown by Julia Kristeva
Strangers to Ourselves by Julia Kristeva
Tales of Love by Julia Kristeva
Revolution in Poetic Language by Julia Kristeva
Powers of Horror by Julia Kristeva
Recent books by Jane Marie Todd close
Latest Catastrophe by Jane Marie Todd
French Resistance by Jane Marie Todd
We are All Cannibals by Jane Marie Todd
Marcel Mauss by Jane Marie Todd
Autobiographics in Freud and Derrida by Jane Marie Todd
Other Face of the Moon by Jane Marie Todd
Anthropology Confronts the Problems of the Modern World by Jane Marie Todd
Great Image Has No Form, or on the Nonobject Through Painting by Jane Marie Todd
Hezbollah by Jane Marie Todd
Secularism and Freedom of Conscience by Jane Marie Todd
Augustine and Spinoza by Jane Marie Todd
Reading and Writing in Babylon by Jane Marie Todd
Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia by Jane Marie Todd
Byzantine Slavery and the Mediterranean World by Jane Marie Todd
Race and Erudition by Jane Marie Todd
Earthly Paradise by Jane Marie Todd
Forbidden Image by Jane Marie Todd
Annales School by Jane Marie Todd
Flesh Made Word by Jane Marie Todd
Flowering of Muslim Theology by Jane Marie Todd
» close