Julia Kristeva is a writer, a psychoanalyst and professor at the Institut Universitaire de France. Director of the doctoral program “Language, Literature, Image" at the University Paris Diderot-Paris 7, she is a member of the Psychoanalytic Society of Paris and Doctor Honoris Causa of several universities in the United States, Canada and Europe where she teaches on a regular basis.
Officer of the Legion of Honour, Officer of the Order of Merit, first winner of the Holberg Prize in December 2004, she received the Hannah Arendt Prize in December 2006 and the Vaclav Havel Prize in 2008. She is the author of some thirty books, including: The Revolution in Poetic Language, Love Stories, Black Sun (depression and melancholia), Sensitive Times (Proust and the literary experience), the trilogy Feminine Genius: Hannah Arendt, Melanie Klein and Colette, Hatred and Forgiveness, This Incredible Need to Believe (2007), four novels including Possession and Murder in Byzantium, an essay Only a Woman, and a story Teresa My Love (2008).
Her work is fully translated into English, and most of her books are available in major world languages. She is also advisor to the Economic, Social and Environmental Council.