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Introduction: Cixousian Gambols

Eric Prenowitz

in Volleys of Humanity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639038
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653638 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639038.003.0001
Introduction: Cixousian Gambols

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This chapter introduces Hélène Cixous, a known authority in the world of politics, of so-called feminist theory, of theatre, and of literature. It discusses Jacques Derrida's readings of Cixous' work and determines how to read and resist her work in modern times. It shows how to look into Cixous' work for more insight on French feminist theory. The discussion also studies cixousian ‘language’, the differentiation between the various genres of her work and writing, and the selection of her essays for this book. The chapter also considers Derrida's prediction that Cixous' work would continue to be read in the future.

Keywords: Hélène Cixous; Jacques Derrida; French feminist theory; readings; cixousian language; genres; essay selection

Chapter.  6146 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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