By Hélène Cixous, Eric Prenowitz

A brand new assortment from probably the most well-known and influential French theorists. those 15 essays - 6 formerly unpublished even in French and five released in English for the 1st time - span approximately forty years of Cixous' writing. the following, she levels over literature, philosophy, politics and tradition in what she calls her 'autobibliography'

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Especially if you have been born in 1856 and if you are writing in 1919 a text which the death drive haunts, then you will be the reprieved author, who flees the announcement of his end, masked by a you where the I identifies with the reader. Freud is palming off his own death on us, and the reader has become the substitute; and isn’t the one who has lived a year beyond the age foreseen for his own disappearance in some way a ghost [revenant]? After which, you, Freud, you slip back once again under the analyst Freud, and while the threat of 62 moves away again, the primary process which it had replaced on the stage reappears.

To speak death is to die. To speak castration is either to overcome it (thus to cancel it, to castrate it) or to effect it. indd 37 07/06/2011 11:09 38 Volleys of Humanity: Essays 1972–2009 ‘Basically’ Freud’s adventure in this text is dedicated to the very paradox of the writing which stretches its signs in order to ‘manifest’ the secret that it ‘contains’ [contenu-détenu], and that always overflows it(self) mortally. As for ‘solitude, silence, and darkness’, which have always been there since childhood, ‘we can say nothing’, says Freud, except their permanence.

31 Olympia is not inanimate. The strange power of death moves in the realm of life as the Unheimliche in the Heimliche, as the void fills up the lack. Before death’s invasion (which the analyst, ‘the man of science at the end of his own life’, cannot master by theory but which he frustrates by a complex strategy with dodges and thrusts), Freud invokes a screen of traditional defence: men’s ‘responses’ to death are all tainted with the order of the Establishment, of ideological institutions (religion, politics).

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