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Abjection, affect and othering through art

Barrett, Estelle J. 2015, Abjection, affect and othering through art, in Kristeva Circle : Proceedings of the Kristeva 2015 Conference, [The Conference], [Memphis, Tenn.], pp. 1-10.

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Title Abjection, affect and othering through art
Author(s) Barrett, Estelle J.ORCID iD for Barrett, Estelle J. orcid.org/0000-0001-9112-249X
Conference name Kristeva. Conference (2015 : Memphis, Tenn.)
Conference location Memphis, Tenn.
Conference dates 9-12 Sep. 2015
Title of proceedings Kristeva Circle : Proceedings of the Kristeva 2015 Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2015
Conference series Kristeva Conference
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher [The Conference]
Place of publication [Memphis, Tenn.]
Keyword(s) Thinking
Abjection
Cultural production
Art
Materialist approach
Summary In keeping within a new materialist approach, this paper involves a transversal encounter with, Kristeva’s thinking on abjection. She says of abjection, that it is a primer of culture, because as a process it is fundamental to the constitution of identity and the renewal of meaning through an expansion of language. Here, I will argue that abjection is also a primer of affect and is the operation through which affects are given valency: either negative or positive, which in turn articulate modalities of othering as oscillations between the empathetic and ethical, or repellent and adversarial derived from an instinctual movement towards what is enabling and away from that which present threst or danger to the organism. I argue further, that it is the notion of jouissance and positive affect that distinguishes Kristeva’s account of cultural production from other thinkers such as Freud, and that this has significant implications for understanding the dynamics of othering or the kinds of relationality made possible through language.
Language eng
Field of Research 220301 Aesthetics
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, [The Conference]
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084289

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