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Hélène Cixous’ subject of love

Sal Renshaw

in The Subject of Love

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780719069604
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702956 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069604.003.0004
Hélène Cixous’ subject of love

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This chapter highlights sexual difference, the history of sexual difference and how sexual difference can and might be lived in the future. The significance of Cixous's deployment of language, the terms she chooses and the metaphors she draws upon cannot be considered incidental. As Deborah Jenson suggests in ‘Coming to Reading Hélène Cixous’, ‘Cixous is inclined to resurrect terms which in contemporary theory, have largely been relegated to the “metaphysical broom closet”’. Sexual difference is the difference that makes a difference in her refiguration of antagonistic subjectivities. Through her theorisation of sexual difference, Cixous comes to explore the possibilities of a feminine economy of desire and engages with the possibility of love as a condition for a post-secular calling forth of divinity.

Keywords: sexual difference; metaphysical broom closet; theorisation; antagonistic subjectivities; divinity

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