發文作者:c.w. | 三月 9, 2005

Kristeva

Book front cover

Title:
Powers of Horror (European Perspectives S.)
Author:
Julia Kristeva
ISBN:
0231053479
Rating:
Not rated

We all knew Kristeva for a long time, but I never seriously sit down and read her books. Recently I found most academic writings being quoted by numerous authors often share one similarity: interesting. They maybe abstruse, far-fatched from reality that made them inaccesible. But They all intrigue people’s interests, trying to comprehend them, talk about them, then finally write a paper or a book about them. Scholars are not pedant burying their heads into piles of books all years. They are people with passion and unimaginative ideas based on their education trying to share their innovation with the rest of the world.

This paragraph made me wants to write something about her:

For the sublime has no object either. When the starry sky, a vista of open seas or a stained glass window shedding purple beams fascinate me, there is a cluster of meaning, of colors, of words, of caresses, there are light touched, scents, sighs, cadences that arise, shroud me, carry me away, and sweep me beyond the things that I see, hear, or think. The “sublime" object dissobles in the raptures of a bottomless memory. It is such a memory, which, from stopping point to stopping point, remembrance to remembrance, love to love, transfers that objecet to the refulgent point of the dazzlement in which I stray in order to be. As soon as I perceive it, as soon as I name it, the sublime triggers—-it has always already triggered—-a spree of perceptions and words that expands memory boudlessly. I then forget the point of departure and find myself removed to a secondary universe, set off from the one where “I" am—-delight and loss. (12)

Does the motif sound similar? For me it’s Faust enough.

And, this book cover makes her outdated. Look at the Chinese version here: link


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