Synopses & Reviews
These days, who still has a soul? asks Julia Kristeva in her psychoanalytic exploration, "New Maladies of the Soul." Hailed by Peter Brooks in the "New York Times" as "a critic of great psychoanalytic insight," Kristeva reveals to readers a new kind of patient, symptomatic of an age of political upheaval, mass-mediated culture, and the dramatic overhaul of familial and sexual mores. The book poses a troubling question about the human subject in the West today: Is the psychic space that we have traditionally known disappearing?
In this major study, the author addresses the need for new psychoanalytical models to cope with a moral crisis of values: a crisis resulting from a breakdown of values, a loss of ideology and deteriorating beliefs. She offers ways of coping with "new maladies" manifested in modern patients.
-- International Journal of Psycho-Analysis
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