The Book I Don't Write

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 I Don't Write

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This chapter discusses Cixous' idea of having ‘others’ write her books for her. It shows that while Cixous signs her name in each of her books, she believes that she is capitalising on the work of another. The chapter also notes some of the events, people, and places that have affected Cixous which have eventually ended up in one of her works. It also introduces the concepts of other-books and the book-I-don't-write.

Keywords: book-I-don't-write; other-books; captialisation

Chapter.  14023 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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