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Hélène Cixous, Rootprints: Memory and Life Writing

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Published in this volume in English, this autobiography traces Helene Cixous's development as a writer and intellectual and serves also as an introduction to her theory and fiction. It includes an extended interview between Cixous and Calle-Gruber and a revealing collection of photographs taken from Cixous's family album.
Paperback, 254 pages
Published June 25th 1997 by Routledge (first published 1994)
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Alex Lee
Sep 17, 2015 Alex Lee rated it really liked it
Perhaps it was a mistake for me to read this book first, without reading much of Cixous first. The interview, while long, provided for me much interest as to what Cixous was trying to do. I didn't much appreciate the sectioning of the conversation, but I did like the free flow. In a way, it was about what writing is for her, what she does with it and how she exceeds herself through writing.

The interview revolves around what writing is, what it does, where it arises and ultimately what it means f
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While I feel sometimes like reading Cixous is for the real nerds, this combination of interview and essays is for only the nerdiest of nerds. The interview is fantastic and mind expanding. The essays were too nerdy even for me.
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Jul 05, 2013 Doug Rice rated it it was amazing
This is a book that transforms what is possible with memoir, with memory and language, especially in the ways Cixous makes use of photographs and narrative.
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Hélène Cixous is a Jewish-French, Algerian-born feminist well-known as one of the founders of poststructuralist feminist theory along with Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva. She is now a professor of English Literature at University of Paris VIII and chairs the Centre de Recherches en Etudes Féminines which she founded in 1974.

She has published numerous essays, playwrights, novels, poems and litera
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