Questions d'identité

Julia Kristeva

Special Lecture Series 1


1 May 1998  •  38pp

ISBN: 1-900755-08-4 (paperback)


Julia Kristeva brilliantly pursues her readings of Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu. Proust is presented here as the first modern French writer to reveal the sado-masochistic tendencies inherent in national, religious and sexual identities. His enigmatic characters and, above all, the Dreyfus Affair form the basis of Kristeva's exploration of these compelling questions.

Julia Kristeva is a literary theorist, psychoanalyst, professor of linguistics and novelist. Her many published works include Séméiotiké: recherches pour une sémanalyse, Le Langage, cet inconnu, Le Texte du roman, La Révolution du langage poétique, and, most recently, Le Temps sensible: Proust et l'expérience littéraire.


  • ‘Raises some intriguing questions... which must clearly be meditated over by serious students of Proust.’ — Nola M. Leov, New Zealand Journal of French Studies 22.1, 2001, 29
  • ‘The questions addressed in this short text are all compelling and fascinating.’ — Marion Schmid, Modern Language Review 95.3, 2000, 844 (full text online)
  • ‘Kristeva presents Proust as the first writer to show - not unambiguously, yet to devastating effect - the sado-masochistic basis of identity pursued as a form of belonging.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 37.1, 2001, 103
  • ‘An incisive examination of the complex nature of identity, whether it be national, religious or sexual.’ — notice, The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies 60, 1998, 166

Bibliography entry:

Kristeva, Julia, Proust: Questions d'identité, Special Lecture Series, 1 (Cambridge: Legenda, 1998)

First footnote reference: 35 Proust: Questions d'identité, julia Kristeva, Special Lecture Series, 1 (Cambridge: Legenda, 1998), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Kristeva, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Kristeva, Julia. 1998. Proust: Questions d'identité, Special Lecture Series, 1 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Kristeva 1998: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Kristeva 1998: 21.

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