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This book is concerned with the notion of the "stranger" -the foreigner, outsider, or alien in a country and society not their own- as well as the notion of strangeness within the self -a person's deep sense of being, as distinct from outside appearance and their conscious idea of self. Kristeva begins with the personal and moves outward by examining world literature and philosophy. She discusses the foreigner in Greek tragedy, in the Bible, and in the literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and the twentieth century. She discusses the legal status of foreigners throughout history, gaining perspective on our own civilization. Her insights into the problems of nationality, particularly in France are more timely and relevant in an increasingly integrated and fractious world. Kristeva, who teaches linguistics at the University of Paris and is also a practicing psychoanalyst, traces the concept of the "stranger'' or "foreigner'' in various cultures and periods from the

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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Strangers to Ourselves by Julia Kristeva. Strangers to Ourselves by Julia Kristeva Translation ,. Leon S. Roudiez Translator. Leon Roudiez Translator. This book is concerned with the notion of the "stranger" -the foreigner, outsider, or alien in a country and society not their own- as well as the notion of strangeness within the self -a person's deep sense of being, as distinct from outside appearance and their conscious idea of self.

Kristeva begins with the personal and moves outward by examining world literature and ph This book is concerned with the notion of the "stranger" -the foreigner, outsider, or alien in a country and society not their own- as well as the notion of strangeness within the self -a person's deep sense of being, as distinct from outside appearance and their conscious idea of self.

Kristeva begins with the personal and moves outward by examining world literature and philosophy. She discusses the foreigner in Greek tragedy, in the Bible, and in the literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and the twentieth century. She discusses the legal status of foreigners throughout history, gaining perspective on our own civilization. Her insights into the problems of nationality, particularly in France, are more timely and relevant in an increasingly integrated and fractious world.

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Be the first to ask a question about Strangers to Ourselves. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Strangers to Ourselves. Apr 30, Maksym Karpovets rated it liked it. Today this question might be felled of empty determinations.

Who am I? How could I behave? These problems were asked by ancient philosophers, but in modern culture they are essential again as every fundamental issue. It seems that Kristeva deeply understands the meaning of question and she also correctly asks us about identity. But farther and farter it gets harder to understand where she sees the possible answers.

The most interesting sections of this work are the earliest chapters. Kristeva seems to run out of steam and stop abruptly once she begins to discuss foreignness and strangeness in contemporary culture.

She analyzes her own experience in France and says that not really feels like at home. Nevertheless, the consummate name of such freedom is solitude. In this case it helpfully to read the Chapter 4 Knowing who we are where Kristeva tries to understand not only cultural or social roots of our identity, but tries to examine ontological basis of it.

The main thesis of this and next chapters is that we are often wrong about why we do something and even about how we felt. The author reminds us about Cartesian tradition of subject and its feelings. Yet, I guess it is the wrong way where have been fully crashed many modern projects include the project of identity.

This book has helped me to realize how extremely we depend from our cultural background. When we try to run away from our culture we must rebuild not only ourselves , but also others.

And every time it looks like endless game with mirrors. Sep 17, Erdem Tasdelen rated it it was ok. 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.

The language that is employed here almost seems like it would work better as an autobiography or fiction. As charming as it may be to read about how the perception of the foreigner has kept changing in history, it fails to shed light on the current agenda.

The last two chapters of the book focus on a political solution that derives from psychoanalysis, stating that with Freud's notion of the uncanny, one realizes the strangeness of oneself. The result is thus a utopian wish for individuals to situate themselves as foreigners to themselves, the result of which is to embrace other individuals on account of this realization.

There remains yet another point of doubt here for one who is skeptic of psychoanalysis. I am not convinced that emancipation for immigrants and exiles will be achieved through acceptance of psychoanalytic discourse.

Nov 07, Carolyn rated it did not like it. A sad sack of induction fallacies. It horrifies me to hear Kristeva's woebegone personal experiences projected into vague half-truths about the identity of the immigrant populace. Her positioning of the foreigner as an Abject entity holds these people in bad faith, with the discourse of this novel only limiting the potential of the immigrant as a viable and autonomous entity.

Furthermore, constant citations of the Ancient Greek philosophic greats is grating and unoriginal. I shut this book with A sad sack of induction fallacies. I shut this book with a sour face.

Feb 23, Anna rated it it was ok. Two stars for some coherent and fresh thoughts in the opening, what followed was a dry textbook history lesson without relevance and insight. The opening section "Toccata and Fugue for the Foreigner" is widely anthologized and a great piece of writing that can stand on its own while the chapter on Paul and Augustine is also very good. Where Kristeva is less skilled is when she speaks of our contemporary times or, at least, the times a few decades ago when the book was written : she seems to embark from her personal journey with the view her own experience can well stand in for the experience of any and every foreigner.

Also, she tilts her earlier arguements towards promoting a European Union-like unity of all nations and peoples which may sound nice in a Disney sort of way on the surface but is ungainly in the scope of this book.

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. That said, Kristeva often shines—as in the first section or her consideration of Rabelais and the Renaissance.

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. There are though places where this book never measures up to the greatness you'd expect from Kristeva on this topic. Like all her works, if your French is up for it, read it in the original French.

Inizio a leggere i giornali, a scrivere e a cancellare quel che ho scritto, che avverto irrimediabilmente banale e inadeguato rispetto a quello che stiamo vivendo. Feb 24, Leonard Pierce rated it liked it Shelves: culture-studies. Kristeva's meditation on the foreigner as a double of our own inner self isn't as lively and precise as some of her best work, but it's still very perceptive and worth a read.

The notion that the 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. There's a final section, seemingly Kristeva's meditation on the foreigner as a double of our own inner self isn't as lively and precise as some of her best work, but it's still very perceptive and worth a read.

There's a final section, seemingly as relevant today as it was when she wrote the book almost 30 years ago, about the new wave of migrants to France, and concerns about assimilation, that she incorporates into her thesis. This all gets a bit abstract, and the language isn't as commanding as "Powers of Horror", largely thanks to a lot more psychoanalytical notions and jargon, but when she comes closest to the subject, you're still seeing an amazing mind at work. Jan 28, Laura C.

R'lyeh rated it it was amazing. La recomiendo. Mar 09, Sophie rated it it was ok. College professor study on what it means to be a stranger Philosophically and in mythology and literature. Did not like the introduction at all Have paused, not sure I will resume. Sep 18, Kay rated it it was amazing Shelves: spiritual-straightness.

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Julia Kristeva pp Cite as. Literature brings us to the brink of existence. Its imaginary landscapes invite the reader to be a voyager filled with wonder, but the prospect of the marvellous that dazzles the eye may also open on to a dark world of terror and despair. Literature, like dreams, cannot be controlled, and disrupts the hold we have on habitual experience. Something in this shifting landscape escapes and alienates our travelling eye. The most intense forms of estrangement experienced by the subject, according to Julia Kristeva, are those produced by poetic language.

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