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The text is a practice that could be compared to political revolution: the one brings about in the subject what the other introduces into society.
Naming suffering, exalting it, dissecting it into its smallest components — that is doubtless a way to curb mourning.
Abjection is above all ambiguity. Because, while releasing a hold, it does not radically cut off the subject from what threatens it — on the contrary, abjection acknowledges it to be in perpetual danger.
That faith be analyzable does not necessarily imply a method for getting by without it.
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This book, conceived in sorrow, composed in grief, and constructed at the brink of despair, contains my mind's best thoughts, and my soul's triumph over the powers of darkness.
Isaac Mayer Wise
June 24, 1941
Julia Kristeva is a Bulgarian-French philosopher, literary critic, psychoanalyst, feminist, and, most recently, novelist, who has lived in France since the mid-1960s. She is now a professor at the University Paris Diderot.
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Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia (1989)
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