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The Forgetfulness Of Julia Kristeva

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This chapter seeks to recover a neglected and forgotten Marxist dimension of the work of Julia Kristeva. It does so for two reasons: Kristeva has made a good number of forays into biblical studies and she still reverts to Marxist analysis when her favoured psychoanalysis boxes her into a corner. Indeed, Kristeva has hidden a former Marx in a dark corner of her mind in favour of psychoanalysis. The chapter tracks the strategies by which Kristeva sidelines, conceals and bypasses Marx while never really being able to get rid of him. In the process, it brings Marx back into view, especially since Kristeva's work is barely understandable without Marx. The chapter considers one of Kristeva's readings of biblical texts-the taboos in Leviticus 11-14-rereading it in the company of a somewhat more Marxist Kristeva. Finally, it focuses on another of her interpretations of the Bible, this time her engagements with Paul.

Keywords: biblical studies; Julia Kristeva; Marx; taboo



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