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Julia Kristeva

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Biography and Timeline

  • Julia Kristeva was born on June 24th, 1941 in Sliven, Bulgaria. She is currently 77 years old residing in Paris, France.
  • Kristeva is a French theorist whose known for working at the intersections of linguistics, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and literature.
  • Her work can best be described as both revolutionary as well as having taken from a more traditional approach.
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Main Ideas and Key Terms Related to Intertextuality

  • Structuralism: A method of interpretation and analysis of aspects of human cognition, behaviour, culture, and experience, which focuses on relationships of contrast between elements in a conceptual system (structure is more important than function).
  • Post-Structuralism: Movement in literary criticism and philosophy that suggests language is not a transparent medium that connects one directly with a “truth”, but rather a structure whose parts derive their meaning from their contrast with one another and not from any connection with an outside world.
  • Linguistics: The scientific study of language and its structure, including the study of grammar, syntax, and phonetics.
  • Semiotics: The study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.
  • Psychoanalysis: A system of psychological theory that investigates the interaction of conscious and unconscious elements in the mind.

Legacy (Important Works and Theoretical Debate)

  • Julia Kristeva is now a professor emeritus at the University Paris Diderot.
  • Kristeva was the one who acknowledged the term of intextuality in the 1960’s, this recognition was surprising fleeting and dismissive.
  • Many supportive critics may be of its semiotics contexts, they glide rapidly over Kristeva’s term to concentrate on its more illustrious theorists such as Barthes.
  • Barthes was the one who defined intextuality in the Encyclopedie Universalis in 1973.
  • Kristeva first published work in France is on Mikhail Bakhtin’s literary writing, Roland Barthes’ seminar is the place where this first substantial part of the Kristevan oeuvre.
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