Hélène Cixous

Hélène Cixous


Born
in Oran, Algeria
June 05, 1937

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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 literary criticism. Her academic works concern subjects of feminism, the human body, history, death and theatre.

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“We should write as we dream; we should even try and write, we should all do it for ourselves, it’s very healthy, because it’s the only place where we never lie. At night we don’t lie. Now if we think that our whole lives are built on lying-they are strange buildings-we should try and write as our dreams teach us; shamelessly, fearlessly, and by facing what is inside very human being-sheer violence, disgust, terror, shit, invention, poetry. In our dreams we are criminals; we kill, and we kill with a lot of enjoyment. But we are also the happiest people on earth; we make love as we never make love in life.”
Hélène Cixous

“Censor the body and you censor breath and speech at the same time. Write yourself. Your body must be heard.”
Hélène Cixous, The Laugh of the Medusa

“We must kill the false woman who is preventing the live one from breathing.”
Hélène Cixous

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