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Head CasesJulia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times$
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Elaine Miller

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166829

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166829.001.0001

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Forging a Head

Forging a Head

(p.183) Conclusion Forging a Head
Head Cases

Elaine P. Miller

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the book's main themes. The text has conducted an in-depth exploration of one philosopher/psychoanalyst's engagement with depression and other social maladies not only at the level of the individual but also at the level of the culture. Julia Kristeva's contribution to psychoanalytic accounts of coming to subjectivity considers the role of the image in its potential to give rise to aesthetic ideas—in painting, sculpture, photography, and film—in constituting a healthy psyche in the age of the spectacle. Also, art puts forward a new, singular kind of image: one that might be thought of as melancholic, negative or iconoclastic, uncanny or foreign, sublimating without de-eroticizing, and forgiving, pardoning.

Keywords:   Julia Kristeva, aesthetic ideas, depression, social maladies, image

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