The Book as One of Its Own Characters

Hélène Cixous

in Volleys of Humanity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639038
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653638 | DOI:
The Book as One of Its Own Characters

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This chapter shows how books can become characters in books. It views books as not only writing, but also as a weapon, a misdeed, and a struggle against memory. It first considers the things that can be found in ‘books’, the function of sentences, and where books come from. It then examines the theatre of the book and the letters found in certain books. Finally, the chapter discusses the idea of books that have been ‘denied’, or books that authors have refused to write.

Keywords: books; characters; function of sentences; theatre of the book; letters; denied books

Chapter.  15327 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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