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Semanalysis, Psychoanalysis, and Poststructuralist Feminism

Fatima Festić
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies


Taking the concept of semanalysis as Julia Kristeva’s proposition of a cross-disciplinary work on that which is trans- beneath-, and also beyond the linguistic, it is logical and inevitable to read its psychoanalytic stems, specifically from Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, along with their further dispersal and redirection or utilization in poststructuralist feminism. This article shows how the playing field of these interacting lines re-elucidates Kristeva’s concept of semiotic also as providing with a political dimension the sought out “deeper and hidden meanings”. Further, the article argues that the poststructuralist profiling - Lacan’s semioticizing Freud, Kristeva’s rewriting their common equaling of women with negative/death/lack/void and her further tuning with Helene Cixous and Luce Irigaray, - reveals what semanalysis is about, and what it can lead to. The article also looks for a possible actualization of semanalysis along with Rosi Braidotti's nomadic matter-realist thought.

Published Online: 2015-8-7
Published in Print: 2015-8-1

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