On Génie Feminine and Art, Julia Kristeva, renowned for her work exploring identity formation, the limits of linguistic signification, gender difference and political solidarity, is coming to Tate Britain to speak about ‘génie féminine’ and art. Drawing from the Tate Collection and referencing the work of Hannah Arendt, Melanie Klein and Colette, this special lecture will deal with issues of feminitity, passion and visual culture. Julia Kristeva has been extraordinarily influential in the field of contemporary critical theory. She contributed to the major theoretical shifts in structuralist thought during 1960s and 1970s, devised new analytical and linguistic modes of thought and continued to work as a practicing psychoanalyst. She is currently Professor at the Université de Paris, and author of amongst other publications Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art, Revolution in Poetic Language, Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, Tales of Love and In the Beginning Was Love: Psychoanalysis and Faith.