Title

Legitimation of Hatred or Inversion into Love:' Religion in Kristeva's Re-Reading of Freud

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1999

Publisher

Brill

Abstract

This paper examines Julia Kristeva's psychoanalytic theory of religion. It situates Kristeva in relation to Freud, the object relations theorists, and the post-structuralist psychoanalysts, and suggest that in her work of the 1980's Kristeva revises Freud's four major cultural texts. She constructs a psychoanalytic interpretation of religion that maintains Freud's most important insights at the same time that it directs new attention to two themes Freud was unable to fully articulate: an inconscious association of anti-Semitism with the body of the mother, and the religious inversion of hatred and fear into love.

Chapter of

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 10

Part of

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion

Editor

Joanne Marie Greer
David O. Moberg