12,065 book reviews and counting...

At the Risk of Thinking Reviews

At the Risk of Thinking by Prof Alice Jardine (Harvard University, USA), Professor Mari Ruti (University of Toronto, Canada)

At the Risk of Thinking: An Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva

Prof Alice Jardine (Harvard University, USA), Professor Mari Ruti (University of Toronto, Canada)

Score pending

1 review

Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic USA
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 23 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781501341342

"The first biography of Julia Kristeva-one of the most important intellectuals of the last 100 years. It connects her personal journey with the history of her ideas, clarifies her legacy within the context of postwar European thought, and demonstrates her crucial importance for the future of interdisciplinary thought"--

3 stars out of 5
22 Apr 2020

"Kristeva is one of the major European writers of our time, and a glamorous feminist intellectual. This biography is very much on her side"

There is no doubt, as Jardine writes, that Kristeva is one of the major European writers of our time. Philosophy, psychoanalysis, anthropology, linguistics – she has left her mark on all of them, and if you try imagining an ideal type of the glamorous French feminist intellectual, it’s probably Kristeva that you see. But she is also, Jardine acknowledges, much ridiculed, and the rumours that surfaced a couple of years ago about her spying for the Bulgarian secret service started in France in the mid-1960s, almost the moment her plane touched ground. (Actually, the “Sabina files”, as the Bulgarian records of Kristeva’s spying career are known, largely relate to how often Kristeva’s letters home to her parents were opened and read without permission. “Aggravated surveillance”, Kristeva has called this, and people who know much more about spying than I do, such as Neal Ascherson and Maria Dimitrova, agree.)
 

Reviews