Kristeva focuses on an intriguing new dilemma. Freud and psychoanalysis taught us that rebellion is what guarantees our independence and our creative abilities. But in our contemporary "entertainment" culture, is rebellion still a viable option? Is it still possible to build and embrace a counterculture? For whom and against what and under what forms?
Kristeva illustrates the advances and impasses of rebel culture through the experiences of three twentieth-century writers: the existentialist John Paul Sartre, the surrealist Louis Aragon, and the theorist Roland Barthes. The book also offers an illuminating discussion of Freud's groundbreaking work on rebellion, focusing on the symbolic function of patricide in his Totem and Taboo and discussing his often neglected vision of language.
Kristeva dazzles, seduces, and intellectually accelerates. . . she mobilises psychoanalysis to investigate contemporary responses. . . that destabilise and problematise complacent, somanmbulistic identity. That is, placing revolt and its necessity at the epicentre of our lives.