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World renowned psychoanalyst and author Julia Kristeva will be the guest speaker for an academic symposium Thursday, Oct. 11, as part of Old Dominion University's inauguration week activities.

"Feminine Genius: Hannah Arendt, Melanie Klein, Colette" will begin at 3 p.m. in the Batten Arts and Letters Building auditorium (room 104), located on the corner of 43rd Street and Hampton Boulevard. The symposium is free and open to the public; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Roseann Runte will be inaugurated as Old Dominion's seventh president at 11 a.m. that morning. Numerous activities - from receptions and fireworks to Homecoming and a concert - to celebrate the event will be held on the campusTuesday, Oct. 9, through Saturday, Oct. 13.

Kristeva, professor of linguistics at the University of Paris, is the author of many acclaimed books, including "Time and Sense," "Strangers to Ourselves," "The Sense and Non-Sense of Revolt," "New Maladies of the Soul" and "Hannah Arendt." Her writing is known for the way she skillfully brings together psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice, literature, linguistics and philosophy.

Born in Bulgaria, Kristeva was a journalist for a communist newspaper before going to Paris in 1965 on a doctoral research fellowship. Within one year, her articles were published in Critique, Languages and Tel Quel. In 1970, she was appointed to Tel Quel's editorial board.

After the publication of her first book, "Semeiotike Recherches pour Une Semanalyse" in 1969, Kristeva became one of the most prolific theorists in France and the importance of her writing has been felt across the human sciences.

Kristeva's interest in psychoanalytic theory led her to complete training in psychoanalysis in 1979. Although her interest in language still motivates her work, her writings from the 1980s and 1990s reflect her training and practice as a psychoanalyst.

Kristeva has been a faculty member in the Department of Science of Texts and Documents at the University of Paris VII, where she continues to teach in the Department of Literature and Humanities. She also holds a regular visiting appointment in the French department at the University of Toronto. In addition, she has published three novels, "Les Samourais," "Le Vieil Homme et Les Loups" and "Possessions."

For more information call 683-3020.

This article was posted on: September 25, 2001

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