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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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: Yet, I guess it is the wrong way where have been fully crashed many modern projects include the project of identity. Be the first to ask a oufselves about Strangers to Ourselves. 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.

Matthew rated it it was amazing Mar 04, 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.

Jeremy rated it really liked it Mar 14, Kristeva seems to run out of steam and stop abruptly once she begins to discuss foreignness and strangeness in contemporary culture. But this serves more as political history than as a substantive piece of philosophy. Account Options Sign in. There is a closed cycle: She simply toys with ideas that deserve far more development than she’s willing or able to provide them—if they are to make sense and be winning arguments.

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The notion that srrangers foreigner returns to us as a dark reflection of our inner being, and that we can only love or hate them 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. I was left feeling lost by the pertinence of som It’s very late and I am incredibly tired so in lieu of a proper review I’ll bullet point some thoughts: I shut this book with a sour face.

Quincy rated it really liked it Jul 24, Preview — Strangers to Ourselves by Julia Kristeva. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Apr 30, Maksym Karpovets rated it liked it. Nov 30, Reuben rated it liked it Shelves: Published June 10th by Columbia University Press first published Strangers to Ourselves by Julia Kristeva Translation. Columbia University Press- Literary Criticism – pages. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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

It horrifies me to hear Kristeva’s woebegone personal experiences projected ourselved vague half-truths about the identity of the immigrant populace. Quotes from Strangers to Ours Strangers to Ourselves Julia Kristeva No preview available – Books by Julia Kristeva.

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Kristeva begins with the personal and moves outward by examining world literature and philosophy. 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 lristeva was being said.


Her insights into the problems of nationality, particularly in France are more timely and relevant in an increasingly integrated and fractious world. Want to Read saving….

Strangers to Ourselves

The language that is employed here almost seems like it would work better as an autobiography or fiction. She discusses the legal status of foreigners throughout history, gaining perspective on our own civilization.

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 of 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.

Kristeva begins with the personal and moves outward by examining world literature and philosophy. Soni rated it it okrselves amazing Oct 10, Sep 18, Kay rated it it was amazing Shelves: R’lyeh rated it it was amazing. Jan 28, Laura C.

Andrew rated it it was ok May 09, Have paused, not sure I will resume. At one point she goes on to posit how the foreigner can only be negatively described: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.