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By Rina Arya (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0230389341

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Woman is not, by her very nature, an abject being’ (Creed, 1993, p. 83). Kristeva fails to justify the attributions she makes to the maternal. On balance, one can argue that Kristeva has made headway in challenging prevailing psychoanalytical traditions by focusing more on the maternal than is found in Freudian or Lacanian analysis (where it is viewed as an object). In doing this she thereby reconfigures the imbalance that was hitherto present by emphasizing the importance of the maternal in social development.

83). Kristeva fails to justify the attributions she makes to the maternal. On balance, one can argue that Kristeva has made headway in challenging prevailing psychoanalytical traditions by focusing more on the maternal than is found in Freudian or Lacanian analysis (where it is viewed as an object). In doing this she thereby reconfigures the imbalance that was hitherto present by emphasizing the importance of the maternal in social development. However, although she did challenge traditional dogmas, she still upheld the rejection of the maternal, which is problematic for feminism.

In Chapters 4, 6 and 7, I show how art is often an unveiling of the Real, where the artist presents images and words 26 Abjection and Representation that perforate the boundaries of comfortable understanding, leaving the viewer/reader contemplating the abyss. Kristeva challenges Lacan’s theory of psychoanalysis on a number of different grounds. One of the reasons for her revision of Lacanian theory is the sense of horror and disgust evinced by certain ‘objects’ outside the self. How can we explain these powerful sensations if not in relation to our former state of the maternal?

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