Julia Kristeva

1941 (Sliven, Bulgaria) –

Barthes taught Kristeva. She became a member of Sollers’ ‘Tel Quel’ group (marrying Sollers), where Derrida was one of her colleagues. Schapiro was a correspondent, Roth a friend. Kristeva valued greatly the friendship of Benveniste, visiting him in hospital towards the end of his life, and dedicating a book to him.

Julia Kristeva knew…

Georges Bataille

1897 (Billon, France) – 1962 (Paris)

Bataille and Breton fell out but cautiously made up. Adorno, Benjamin and Lévi-Strauss gave lectures to his College of Sociology — Caillois, Leiris and Klossowski were members. Bellmer and Masson collaborated with him, Limbour and Queneau worked on his journal ‘Documents’ and were close friends, while Barthes, Foucault, Derrida and Blanchot had work published through his journal ‘Critique’. Leiris and Blanchot joined discussion groups he organised. Balthus gave him houseroom after a relationship ended. Picasso, Ernst and Miró raised money to help him over hard times; Giacometti was among other artist friends.