By Hélène Cixous

This can be the 1st really consultant choice of texts via Helene Cixous. The titanic items diversity greatly throughout her complete oeuvre, and comprise essays, works of fiction, lectures and drama. prepared helpfully in chronological order, the extracts span 20 years of highbrow suggestion and reveal in actual fact the advance of 1 of the main inventive and superb minds of the 20th century.
With a foreword by means of Jacques Derrida, a preface by way of Cixous herself, and first class editorial fabric through Susan dealers, The Helene Cixous Reader is destined to develop into a key textual content of feminist writing.

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Still, seeing the full lips in profile, I discover how infinitely small I am. The firmness of the speech rubbing, rubbing kneads my pasty mass, firing me up, I hollow myself out, going round faster and faster, turning round, I pick myself up and make for the corners of the mouth, it sucks me in, I swell up in reply, I’m burning, ah! I’m being torn apart, I’m opening up, ah! I’m freezing in the middle there, let’s close up, tighten up, I’d rather have the heat, the path made by the hole in the center is a little steep, but I’m using it to resist the cold: on the outside someone is knocking at me with quick short strokes, I let the echo of the noise come in, no more, out with the cold!

One is no longer in the economy of opposition, one is in the economy of the gift. And of love. 35 INTRODUCTION xxxi Lispector’s achievement, Cixous continues, is to portray opposition, and then to “carry the reader further,” delineating alternative responses which do not depend on subjugation: How can the gift be given without creating the other the prisoner of the gift? This is extremely hard to do in reality, even in the strongest and most generous relationships. It is the subject of Clarice Lispector’s writing.

Susan Sellers Paris, 1993 xxxii INTRODUCTION NOTES 1 I am using “feminism” in its broadest sense here to denote work on women and sex and gender issues. See below for a more precise account of Cixous’ relationship to the feminist movement. 2 See the Bibliography for details of Cixous’ book publications. 3 See, for Cixous’ account of the impact this plurilingualism had, “De la scene de I’Inconscient a la scene de I’Histoire: Chemin d’une écriture,” in Hélène Cixous, chemins d’une écriture, edited by Françoise van Rossum-Guyon and Myriam DiazDiocaretz, Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, Saint-Denis and Rodopi, Amsterdam, 1990, p.

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