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The Comedy Stylings of Julie Kristeva: The Semiotic and the Symbolic

Setup: In this symbiosis with the supposedly phallic mother, what can the subject do but occupy her place, thus navigating the path from fetishism to autoeroticism?

Punchline: That indeed is the question.


Setup: The precondition for such a heterogeneity that alone posits and removes historical meaning is the thetic phase.

Punchline: We cannot emphasize this enough.


Setup: Although originally a precondition of the symbolic, the semiotic functions within signifying practices as the result of a transgression of the symbolic.

Punchline: Therefore the semiotic that “precedes” symbolization is only a theoretical supposition justified by the need for description

April 28, 2011 | Permalink