CFP: Reading with Kristeva: Philosophy, Literature, Psychoanalysis and the 20th century Women Writers

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Dr Rossie Artemis
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I am looking for paper submissions for a thematic issue of a literary journal dedicated to the work and influence of Julia Kristeva on the twentieth- and twenty-first century women writers.
Kristeva's training and prolific scholarly career range from linguistics to philosophy to psychoanalysis, most often singularly on the border of disciplines and fields. As a student and critic of Jacques Lacan, her voice is just as influential among academics and intellectuals today as it was some thirty years ago, despite the numerous debates and criticism she continuously faces on both sides of the Atlantic.
While for Lacan the Symbolic register clearly supports the order of the Law through language as a totality, Kristeva introduces the concept of the semiotic as the pre-oedipal, the pre-Symbolic expressive ability of the subject. In her first book Revolution in _Poetic Language_ (1974) she does not simply argues in favor of the existence of the semiotic in the works of late nineteenth-century writers, but also opens space for discussion of language, social discourses, and literature as transgressing traditional signification. Undoubtedly, Kristeva is one of the strongest proponents in literary criticism of the idea that (poetic) language is about the "trespassing" of the individual semiotic into the social symbolic.
Neither psychoanalysts, nor philosophers, an impressive number of contemporary women writers use literary discourse in order to present the reader with a picture of the subject's coming into being. While Kristeva clearly emphasizes the difficulties that this process entails and the overall impossibility to accept that it can ever be accomplished, women writers, however, attempt to describe the ontology of the sense of self for the protagonists in their relations with others. Effectively, the range of such authors could be easily expanded to "world literature" since Kristeva's influence today has well outgrown the terms "European" or "western."
Please send an abstract (up to 500 words) and a current cv to by March 1, 2011. Complete papers (approx. 7000 words) will be due by September 30, 2011. Further inquiries: Dr Rossie Artemis, Languages Department, University of Nicosia, Cyprus; Email: