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Title:
Hélène Cixous : authorship, autobiography, and love
Author:
Sellers, Susan.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK : Polity Press ; Cambridge, MA : Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
Physical Description:
xvii, 191 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780745612546

9780745612553
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Book

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Central Library PQ2663.I9 Z835 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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This is an introductory study of the work of Helene Cixous, novelist, dramatist and critic, whose work has had an extensive impact on the new French feminist theoretical movement.


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Cixous (1937- ) has published an abundance of works, including novels, plays, autobiography, and philosophical works. Her principal subject is feminine writing: she attempts to upset the rigid patriarchal status quo that has dominated society since the Greeks. According to Sellers, Cixous' prerequisite for writing is "the correlation between loss and self-definition"; she hopes to "challenge the present modes of perception and representation" and in so doing create a new concept of the relationship between the self and the Other. To accomplish this she must use language that she sees as life-inventing itself, since without words there is no life. Her painful reaction to the loss of her father is somewhat mitigated when she realizes what she has received from her mother. Cixous's ideas are forceful but her style makes for difficult reading. Expressions like "write the body" and "write the other" are irritating, and the endless succession of an/other, his/story, s/he m/other and (re)create, (re)birth, and (re)inscribe leave the reader with an uncomfortable impression of either/or and both/and. The endless puns are neither amusing nor informative. Nevertheless, Seller's introduction to Cixous should be read if one wants to understand the importance of the feminine writing movement in contemporary literature. F. C. St. Aubyn emeritus, University of Pittsburgh


Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 the Early Texts
2 Creating a Feminine Subject
3 Writing with the Voice of the Other
4 Cixous and the Theatre
5 Recent Writings
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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