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HA(c)lA]ne Cixous is one of the twentieth century's most influential theorists, genre-defying writers, and groundbreaking playwrights. Her work has been translated into almost a dozen languages and touches on every facet of our lives& mdash;dreams, sex, relationships, identity, our conception of reality, and our attempts at defining the self. As her close companion Jacques Derrida once pointed out, however, a profound misunderstanding of Cixous persists among her fans. Many readers know little of her work beyond theoretical texts and miss out on the innovator's idiosyncratic mix of autobiographical and fictional narrative combined with philosophical and poetic reflections.
Providing a truly liberal selection of Cixous's writings from throughout the intellectual's career, Marta Segarra rediscovers Cixous's remarkable acts of invention for a new generation. Divided into six thematic parts (writing and dreaming in the feminine, Algeria and Germany, love and the other, the animal, Derrida, and the theater of HA(c)lA]ne Cixous), with critical essays introducing each group, this anthology fully captures Cixous's genius for merging fiction, theory, and living in her writing. Her work defies classification and locks literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis into thrilling new patterns of engagement. Whether readers are familiar with Cixous's work or are approaching her for the first time, all will find fascinating new perspectives on gender, fiction, theater, theory, and Jewish and postcolonial identities.
H?l?ne Cixous is more than an influential theorist. She is also a groundbreaking author and playwright. Combining an idiosyncratic mix of autobiographical and fictional narrative with a host of philosophical and poetic observations, Cixous's writing matches the kaleidoscopic nature of her thought, offering new ways of conceptualizing sex, relationships, identity, and the self, among other topics.
Yet, as Jacques Derrida once observed, a profound misunderstanding hangs over the accomplishments of Cixous, with many believing the intellectual excelled only at theoretical exploration. Providing a truly liberal selection of her writings from throughout her career, Marta Segarra rediscovers Cixous's acts of invention for a new generation to enjoy. Divided into thematic concerns, these works fully capture Cixous's genius for merging fiction, theory, and the experience of living. They discuss dreaming in the feminine, Algeria and Germany, love and the other, the animal, Derrida, and the theater. They defy classification, locking literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis into thrilling new patterns of engagement. Whether readers are familiar with Cixous or are approaching her thought for the first time, all will find fresh perspectives on gender, fiction, drama, philosophy, religion, and the postcolonial.
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