Encounters : Conversations on Life and Writing

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"Isn't it particularly difficult to 'speak' of your work?" Frederic-Yves Jeannet asks Helene Cixous in this fascinating book of interviews. "[I]t's only in writing, on paper, that I reach the most unknown, the strangest, the most advanced part of me for me. I feel closer to my own mystery in the aura of writing it," Cixous responds. These conversations, which took place over three years and cover the creative process behind Cixous s fictional writing, illuminate the genesis and particular genius of one of France s most original writers. Cixous muses on her "coming to writing," from her first publications to her recent acclaim for a series of fictional texts that spring, as, she insists all true writing does, from her life: the loss of her father when she was a child, and her relationship with her mother, now in her tenth decade, as well as with such friends as Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan. The conversations delve into Cixous s career as an academic in Paris and abroad, her summer retreats to the Bordeaux region to write uninterrupted for two months, her work with Ariane Mnouchkine s Theatre du Soleil, her political engagements and her dreams. Readers and writers who have followed Cixous s path-blazing career as a fiction writer who crosses boundaries of genre and gender while posing essential questions about the nature of narrative and life will find this a book that cannot be put down.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 142 x 212 x 18mm | 322.05g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745653863
  • 9780745653860

About Helene Cixous

Helene Cixous is one of the world s leading writers. She is the founder and former director of the Centre de Recherches en Etudes Feminines at Paris VIII University and is a frequent visitor to universities in the United States and Canada. Frederic-Yves Jeannet is a French writer and professor who lives in Mexico. He has lectured in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Geneva, Montclair State, Cooper Union, Victoria University of Wellington and the Metropolitan University, Mexico City.show more

Table of contents

God And the Whale Already everything was there Dwelling With Spew into the sea Off age's shore Peruvia Of maps & of prints Lazarus Expire Write in Tongues Faustes Clearsee Unfinish the Story & History Just before the paper The forgetread Other addresses The fear of names Dragonflies Slight uneasiness the masculine Preteritions But the Earth goes round, not too badly Our centuries The Shelves Walls The body writes Measures Tempo The grace the galloping God's Returnsshow more

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This wonderfully sympathetic conversation about writing is like a magic animal in a fairytale. Follow, and it will take you through the diverse joys, dangers, surprises and landscapes of Cixous's writing life, towards the intransigent questions that animate everybody who lives. Sarah Wood, The University of Kent These interviews, which take Cixous back over her writing history, are fascinating encounters as much between the author and her (past) self as with Frederic-Yves Jeannet. Encounters is essential reading for anyone interested in Cixous. Mairead Hanrahan, University College Londonshow more

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