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A 'wilful extremist' according to the London Times, Helene Cixous is hailed as one of the most formidable writers and thinkers of our time. Acclaimed by luminaries such as Jacques Derrida, her writing has nonetheless been misunderstood and misread, to a surprising extent. With the inclusion of Stigmata, one of her greatest works into the Routledge Classics series, this is ...more
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Published April 19th 2005 by Routledge (first published 1998)
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May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory
Take the living instant with the closest and the most delicate words. Without words as witnesses the instant (will not have been) is not. I do not write to keep. I write to feel. I write to touch the body of the instant with the tips of words.

One suspects that Cixous and Derrida do not pen their essays for the neutral, or accidental reader. There is a certain expected level of prior reading facility which is expected or required. Unfortunately, when said essays are collected, the prior reading f
Kate Savage
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most important book I have ever read.

I read about her dog Fips on a plane leaving home, and wanted to shake the poor sap next to me and say LISTEN TO THIS DID YOU EVER HEAR SOMETHING THIS TRUE?

That is the blessing of Cixous, but she comes with a burden. When you do share a line from her with a person you love, you have around a 1 in 10 chance that this person will feel the same way. A greater likelihood, as I've sadly found, is that you'll only make people feel confused and uncomfor
I can't speak for anything else in this collection, but "The Love of the Wolf" is a fearsome bit of criticism. Reads almost like a free-verse poem.
Carrie Lorig
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admire Cixous & her style -- her practice of closing her eyes while writing, to muzz up the mark between outside & inside, to 'write at the pace of the present.' What better way to "wrest one's prey from forgetfulness" (194), than to speed on just as quickly. [Is her revision just as much a dash?] Lucidity may become a bit blurred at times, & the worst induces a vertigo familiar to much french lit. theory, but the general feeling reaches a cruising, pleasing littéraire buzz. & ...more
Helen McClory
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much stuff underlined and pondered. I love how Cixous assumes an intelligent reader (often wrongly in my case, but). Wandering and chancy and discoursive. Love.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find Cixous' writing to be utterly enchanting, surprising in its readableness and quite ferociously intelligent. Indeed, I find the ease with which I read her the most surprising thing of all; I ask myself, shouldn't theory be more 'difficult' than this?

Perhaps it is the age I am. The last time I read theory with any kind of concentration was over 15 years ago at university. Then, I struggled. Then, the words seemed to swarm in front of my eyes, writhing and fluid, hard to pin down, opaque. Oc
Andy Cass
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cixous is incredible. This is the first full work I've read by her, but now I'm eager to read more. The only essay I struggled to get through was "Mamae, Disse Ele". I usually read each essay once high and once sober, so if weed is your thing then I recommend that!
Dani M
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The poison is not hate it is weak love. We were poisoned. I poisoned him." p.259. <3
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of Cixous' shorter non-fiction works from a variety of sources translated into English. Therefore, it is a collection of her essays on different topics from the 1980s and 1990s with the common theme of most of these short works concerning writing in some capacity. Of all the French post-structuralists, Cixous has always been the most interested in the epistemological and philosophical aspects of writing itself. Her empahsis here starts off on her own marginal status as a Fre ...more
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Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite
"i urge you: bite me. sign my death with your teeth."

T H O U G H T S:

a collection of cixous' shorter texts and essays, brilliantly and brashly written, wandering and conjuring, compelling you to read and reread and draw out a tapestry of meaning.
Mills College Library
844.914 C5829 2005
meg madison
actually did not finish. heavy going for me.
Would give it four-and-a-half, if I could.
christopher leibow
Mar 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a marvelous collection of some of Cixous essays. Read the essay on Rembrandt is worth the purchase of the book.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm in the process of reading this book, which, like its title, is polysemic. Multilingual etymologies permeate and pierce the spine, scarifying it with the intricacies of ornament.
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Sep 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Intelligent and emotional integration of personal memory and critical literary theory. Derrida calls her the greatest writer in the French language.
Beautiful and haunting poetry that I term womanly, not feminine.
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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.

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