Reading Kristeva: Podcasts, Discourse, and Collaboration

At the moment I am re-reading Julia Kristeva as a possible theoretical framework for my thesis. Kristeva is quite complex, yet very rewarding, and her phenomenological approach can be challenging after months of engaging with more straightforward critical and theoretical texts. When I struggle to find meaning in, or build up a dialogue between my work and that of a theorist or critic I often look to the work of others who have used them as frameworks in their research. Usually, I do a search on databases like JSTOR or Project Muse and read some articles.

However, with Kristeva I decided to do a search on Youtube and see if any interviews with the theorist had been uploaded. I remembered how useful it was to listen to Judith Butler speak in interviews or lectures in order to inspire and compliment my reading of Bodies That Matter and Gender Trouble. My search for Kristeva turned up several interviews and lectures. However, I found the podcasts that others had made about her theory of ‘abjection’ in The Powers of Horror most interesting. I came across two very different approaches to the text and theory.

The first is a video by a Masters student working in animation. He uses Kristeva’s theory of abjection to interrogate issues of nostalgia and memory. As the student’s voice over gives the audience as verbal narrative of his stream of thought, his drawings illustrate his points, giving the viewer an audiovisual experience of his reading of Kristeva:

The second is a more traditional approach to the podcast, with the speaker reading from Kristeva’s text and then giving her thought’s on the ideas she has encountered. It functions like a short lecture or seminar:

I found these videos very useful. If you don’t have a colleague who is working on a similar area to sit down with and have a face-to-face discussion then perhaps podcasts provide a worthy alternative. If comments are enabled then viewers have a method of response to the issues covered in the video. I will definitely use podcasts to accompany my future readings of other texts and theorists. Perhaps I will make may own podcasts some day.

If anyone else makes or uses podcasts in a similar way I would be interested in reading about your experiences, so please leave a comment below.

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