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Stigmata : escaping texts
Cixous, Hélène, 1937-
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Essays. Selections. English
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.
Physical Description:
vi, 198 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bathsheba or the interior Bible -- Without end, no, State of drawingness, no, rather The executioner's taking off -- In October 1991 ... -- Hiss of the axe -- What is a clock? or The door (we never enter) -- Love of the wolf -- 'Mamãe, disse ele, ' or Joyce's second hand -- Unmasked! -- Writing blind : conversation with the donkey -- My Algeriance, in other words : to depart not to arrive from Algeria -- Shared at dawn -- Stigmata, or Job the dog.
Reading Level:
950 Lexile.

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PQ2663.I9 A27 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Hèléne Cixous -- author, playwright and French feminist theorist -- is a key figure in twentieth-century literary theory. Stigmata brings together her most recent essays for the first time.
Acclaimed for her intricate and challenging writing style, Cixous presents a collection of texts that get away -- escaping the reader, the writers, the book. Cixous's writing pursues authors such as Stendhal, Joyce, Derrida, and Rembrandt, da Vinci, Picasso -- works that share an elusive movement in spite of striking differences. Along the way these essays explore a broad range of poetico-philosophical questions that have become characteristic of Cixous' work:
* love's labours lost and found
* feminine hours
* autobiographies of writing
* the prehistory of the work of art
Stigmata goes beyond theory, becoming an extraordinary writer's testimony to our lives and times.

Author Notes

Born in 1937 in Algeria, Helene Cixous came to Paris, where she is currently professor of English, in 1955. After a dissertation on James Joyce, The Exile of James Joyce (1968), she began to publish novels, critical essays, and plays, most notably Le Portrait de Dora (1976), a feminist retelling of a Freudian case history. Jacques Derrida has named Helene Cixous the greatest contemporary French writer.

Cixous has been an active participant in the development of literary criticism after structuralism and has been a leading figure in the French feminist movement.

(Bowker Author Biography)