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    Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing (Wellek Library Lectures (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Helene Cixous, By (author) Susan Sellers, Translated by Sarah E. Cornell

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    DescriptionThree Steps on the Ladder of Writing is a poetic, insightful, and ultimately moving exploration of 'the strange science of writing.' In a magnetic, irresistible narrative, Cixous reflects on the writing process and explores three distinct areas essential for 'great' writing: The School of the Dead -- the notion that something or someone must die in order for good writing to be born; The School of Dreams -- the crucial role dreams play in literary inspiration and output; and The School of Roots -- the importance of depth in the 'nether realms' in all aspects of writing. Cixous's love of language and passion for the written word is evident on every page. Her emotive style draws heavily on the writers she most admires: the Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector, the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, the Austrian novelists Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard, Dostoyevsky and, most of all, Kafka.


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    Title
    Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Helene Cixous, By (author) Susan Sellers, Translated by Sarah E. Cornell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 162
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780231076593
    ISBN 10: 0231076592
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.6
    BIC subject category V2: DSA
    LC classification: PN
    BIC subject category V2: CFG
    B&T General Subject: 480
    DC21: 848.91409
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15720
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Abridged Dewey: 808
    DC22: 808.02
    BISAC V2.8: REF026000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LAN027000, LAN002000, LAN005000, LIT006000, PHI027000
    Thema V1.0: CBV, CJCW, CFG, DSA
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Publisher
    Columbia University Press
    Imprint name
    Columbia University Press
    Publication date
    22 December 1994
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Helene Cixous has published more than thirty works of fiction, plays, and essays. Her recent books translated into English include 'Coming to Writing' and Other Essays; Inside; The Exile of James Joyce; Portrait of Dora; The Newly Born Woman; and Reading with Clarice Lispector.
    Review quote
    "Hilhne Cixous is today, in my view, the greatest writer in what I will call my language, the French language if you like. And I am weighing my words as I say that. For a great writer must be a poet-thinker, very much a poet and a very thinking poet." -- Jacques Derrida
    Back cover copy
    This is a poetic, insightful, and ultimately moving exploration of 'the strange science of writing.' In a magnetic, irresistible narrative, Cixous reflects on the writing process and explores three distinct areas essential for 'great' writing.
    Table of contents
    The School of the DeadThe School of DreamsThe School of RootsNotes