Narrative horsepower in Julia Kristeva’s fiction: Reading movement in meurtre à byzance (2004) and thérèse mon amour (2008)

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Julia Kristeva came to fiction writing late in her career, after having established herself as a literary theorist, philosopher and psychoanalyst. Kristeva’s detective novels are all set in Santa-Barbara and feature the characters Northrop Rilsky as the main police detective and Stéphanie Delacour as the investigative journalist. There are numerous transitions at stake in Kristeva’s works: the transition from theory to fiction; the spatial and temporal crossings effected by the characters; the transitional and transnational character of Kristeva’s own life; and the transition between multiple genres in a single text. The chapter focuses on the first impact, namely Sebastian’s trip through the Balkans, in an effort to retrace his Bulgarian roots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen in Transition
Subtitle of host publicationCrossing Boundaries, Crossing Borders
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781000383300
ISBN (Print)9780367443061
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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