Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Approaching Abjection)
Chapter 1, Approaching Abjection
Kristeva begins her book by explaining what the abject is and relating and describing her own personal experience with it. This lesson will explore Kristeva's idea of what the abject is and how she explains it to the reader.
1) Class discussion: How does Kristeva go about explaining what the abject is? Is it clear what she means at first when she mentions it? How does she relate her feelings about the abject to the reader? How does she use her personal experiences with these feelings to explain the abject? Is it helpful?
2) In-class writing: Keep a journal while studying this book. Write in your journal about what "abject" means. Try to go beyond the definition Kristeva gives and try to really understand how it is created. Explain the concept of the abject in your own words.
3) Group discussion: Split the class into...
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