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Graceful subjectivities

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/9780719069604.003.0005
Graceful subjectivities

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This chapter comprises the readings of Cixous's stories that focus on the relationship between the individual and grace. Cixous's engagement with Lispector's couple signals her interest in a grace that arises in the context of human relationships. This study turns more fully to this question of the possibility of grace, or divinity, as it appears more explicitly in Cixous's own ‘fiction’, The Book of Promethea, which is focused exclusively on an extraordinary love between two women. Here, Cixous develops her understanding of the conditions of a love that emerge in the context of a meeting between feminine subjectivities. In so doing, she returns to the overarching question of this study, that the possibility of an abundant, other-regarding love which is a humanly possible expression of divinity, one that emerges in an encounter with the other, is defined by a refusal to appropriate otherness to oneself.

Keywords: human relationship; grace; divinity; fiction; love; otherness; feminine subjectivities

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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