The Unforeseeable

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 Unforeseeable

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This chapter discusses the idea of the unforeseeable, which is deemed as the subject of all tragedies of fate. It uses Oedipus and Samson as examples, and cites the loss of their eyes as a result of their structural blindness, or their refusal to see the obvious. The chapter stresses that it is blindness that makes the event, and that the inability to recognise is a source of terror.

Keywords: unforeseeable; tragedies of fate; Oedipus; Samson; structural blindness; source of terror

Chapter.  10114 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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