Julia Kristeva and the Politics of Life

Sarah K. Hansen


In her recent writings on the powers and limits of psychoanalysis, Julia Kristeva develops a theory of power and subjectivity that engages implicitly, if not explicitly, with biopolitical themes. Exploring these engagements, this paper draws on Kristeva to discuss the mute symptoms of homo sacer and the regulatory power of the spectacle. Staging an uncommon (and sometimes antagonistic) conversation between Kristeva, Agamben, and Foucault, I construct a field of inquiry that I term the “psychic life of biopolitics.”


biopolitics; gender; Julia Kristeva; Michel Foucault; Giorgio Agamben

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jffp.2013.572

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