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3: Let's Get Semiotic

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6 Nov | 5.00-6.30pm | Seminar Room 1, 3:01, Clothworkers South Building
For our third session of the year, we will be reading a selection of extracts from Revolution in Poetic Language(1984) [the reading is pages 1-53 of the pdf, the rest is translator's notes], the English translation of La révolution du langage poétique (1974). This reading will build upon the discussion in our last session, as we consider in greater detail Kristeva's theorisation of the semiotic and the symbolic, the chora, the thetic function, mimesis, and the semiotic component of poetic language. This week we won't be reading any secondary literature, allowing us time to get into the real nitty gritty of Kristeva's thought.

As always, all are welcome and discussion will continue in the pub following the session.

2: Language, Bodies and Drives

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16 Oct | 5.00–6.30pm | Seminar Room 1, 3:01, Clothworkers South Building
For our second meeting, Quilting Points will be reading Julia Kristeva’s ‘From One Identity to Another’ (1975), alongside Judith Butler’s ‘The Body Politics of Julia Kristeva’ (1988). Kristeva’s essay sets out many of the defining ideas of her early period—the subject-in-process, chora and the distinction between the semiotic and the symbolic—in order to characterise what is in her view the privileged access of poetic language to primordial and prediscursive drives.
Butler’s essay, later included in what remains her most well-known work, Gender Trouble (1990), takes ‘From One Identity to Another’, alongside other texts from the period, as its object of critique. Butler raises questions regarding not only the logical consistency of Kristeva’s theories, but also the political ramifications of those theories.
All are welcome, and as always discussion will continue in the pub following the session.