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In The Third Body, the poet, novelist, feminist critic, and theorist Hélène Cixous interweaves a loose narrative line with anecdotes, autobiography, lyricism, myth, dream, fantasy, philosophical insights, and intertextual citations of and conversations with other authors and thinkers. Cixous evokes the relationship of the female narrator and her over, a relationship of alt ...more
Hardcover, 161 pages
Published August 18th 1999 by Northwestern University Press (first published January 1st 1970)
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christopher leibow
Mar 17, 2009 christopher leibow rated it it was amazing
I have been reading a photocopy copy of the book. The book is expensive and dense. Beautiful and moving but not an easy read.


"Lying on my side, in the corner of Melaeger's garden under my cover of ashes. Waiting. It's been two thousand years since I lay down for you. He'll be surprized when he digs through the ashes to find here no more than my soul, form of forms. As I wait, I become waiting. I am latent. Waiting for you to make me appear. My body was streched out. Bring me awakening, ge
Sep 13, 2014 Eireann rated it really liked it
If ever there were a compelling reason to study the French language, it would be to read Cixous in all her original and intended meaning, absent of the failures necessary to translation.
May 16, 2016 Ece rated it really liked it
"I remember the fatal phrase: 'I shall die the day that I can no longer make love with you.' Ever since, I'm always on the lookout for that day. Because of my dread of it, I invoke it; making love (faire l'amour) becomes a little more, each day making death (faire la mort) ..."

Reading Cixous' The Third Body was a hard and joyful adventure, the ambiguity and the references interrupting the flow of the narrations were tiring though beautiful for the most of the book. I admit that in some reference
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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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