Bibliography Notes Female Genius: General Introduction A Biography "So Exposed" Chapter 1: Life as a Narrative Love According to Saint Augustine Chapter 2: Superfluous Humanity The Meaning of an Example: Rahel Varnhagen Chapter 3: Thinking, Willing, and Judging Arendt and Aristotle: A Defense of Narration The Tale of the Twentieth Century To Be Jewish Among the Elements in the Structure The Example of France What Is Modern Anti-Semitism? Imperialism... and Totalitarianism The Banality of Evil Faith and Revolution... in Society, That Sanctified Hearth The "Who" and the Body The Dialogue of the Thinking Ego: The "Split," Melancholy, Tyranny From the Interior Man to the Violence of the Life Process The Taste of the Spectator: Toward a Political Philosophy Judgment: Between Forgiveness and Promise
Centering on the theme of female genius, Hannah Arendt emphasizes three features of the philosopher's work. First, by exploring Arendt's critique of Saint Augustine and her biographical essay on Rahel Varnhagen, Kristeva accentuates Arendt's commitment to recounting lives and to narration. Second, Kristeva reflects on Arendt's perspective on Judaism, anti-Semitism, and the "banality of evil." Finally, the biography brings together Arendt's intellectual itinerary, placing her enthusiasm for observing both social phenomena and political events in the context of her personal life.
Julia Kristeva is an internationally known psychoanalyst and critic and is professor of linguistics at the University of Paris VII. She is the co-author of The Feminine and the Sacred, and author of many other highly regarded books, including Melanie Klein, Strangers to Ourselves, New Maladies of the Soul, Time and Sense, and The Sense and Non-Sense of Revolt all published by Columbia.Ross Guberman is the translator of Julia Kristeva's New Maladies of theSoul and Time and Sense, and editor of Julia Kristeva Interviews.
The author of Desire in Language and Powers of Horror takes on the author of The Human Condition and Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil in a new intellectual biography. Theorist, critic and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva, who for many years has been professor of linguistics at the University of Paris, finds Hannah Arendt "gripped from the start by that unique passion in which life and thought are one," and traces both threads rigorously and with strong interpretive opinions. The book is the first of three in Kristeva's series on the Female Genius in the 20th century books on Melanie Klein and Colette are to follow. ( Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The portrait that emerges is quirky, intentionally subjective, and finely detailed. Kirkus Reviews An elegant, sophisticated biography replete with powerful psychoanalytic insight. Political Theory.Org