Julia Kristeva and journeys to the end of night
in Literature, theology and feminism
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This chapter explores the work of women poststructuralist writers with a new reading of Julia Kristeva. It presents a close reading of her oeuvre which will display how she has taken the gendered distinctions between the realms of literature and theology and reshaped them in distinctive and provocative ways. Her famous trilogy Powers of Horror, Tales of Love and Black Sun shows her tracing the impress of the 'maternal' upon three classic sites of psychoanalytic interest: abjection, love and melancholy. These texts exemplify Kristeva's continuing concern to display how the repression (murder) of the mother offers the key to interpreting psycho-social traumas via the liminal insights of art and religion. Kristeva's preference for border territory beyond emigration and immigration controls places her own writing in the tradition of modernist literature. The writer, whose status is that of traveller and observer, offers her commentary upon this interrupted journey.

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