While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva recognizes the power of art and the imagination to unblock important sources of meaning. She also appreciates the process through which creative acts counteract and transform feelings of violence and depression. Reviewing KristevaAs corpus, Elaine P. Miller considers the intellectualAs Aaesthetic ideaA and Athought specularA in their capacity to reshape depressive thought on both the individual and cultural level. She revisits KristevaAs reading of Walter Benjamin with reference to melancholic art and the imaginationAs allegorical structure; her analysis of Byzantine iconoclasm in relation to FreudAs psychoanalytic theory of negation and HegelAs dialectical negativity; her understanding of Proust as an exemplary practitioner of sublimation; her rereading of Kant and Arendt in terms of art as an intentional lingering with foreignness; and her argument that forgiveness is both a philosophical and psychoanalytic method of transcending a AstuckA existence. Focusing on specific artworks that illustrate KristevaAs ideas, from ancient Greek tragedy to early photography, contemporary installation art, and film, Miller positions creative acts as a form of Aspiritual inoculationA against the violence of our society and its discouragement of thought and reflection.Adorno, Theodor W. Aesthetic Theory. Translated by Robert Hullot-Kentor. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997. aa. The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture. Edited by J. M. Bernstein. London: Routledge, 1991.
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