Helene Cixous

Helene Cixous : Authorship, Autobiography and Love

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This is an introductory study of the work of Helene Cixous, novelist, dramatist and critic, whose work has had an extensive impact on the new French feminist theoretical movement.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 216 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745678084
  • 9780745678085

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. 1. The Early Texts. 2. Creating a Feminine Subject. 3. Writing with the Voice of the Other. 4. Cixous and the Theatre. 5. Recent Writings. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index.show more

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-The exceptional clarity of Sellers expositions are backed up by an unerring choice of the clearest and most approachable quotations from Cixous's work. Her ability to do this stems from her unrivalled knowledge of Cixous's work. She has done an excellent job of making a notoriously difficult writer accessible to undergraduates.- Dr Elizabeth Fallaize, St. John's College, Oxford -A clear and scholarly introduction to the fiction and drama of France's foremost -poet-thinker- (to borrow Derrida's phrase). Using a novel approach for Polity's excellent Key Contemporary Thinkers series, Sellers concentrates primarily on Cixous's work in practice, and not in theory ... thus she offers an exposition of Cixous's (elusive) statements on ecriture feminine, which should itself prove useful to the uninitiated reader. Sellers remains appropriately dispassionate, yet she is an enthusiastic reader ... Sellers allows another Cixous, Cixous the author, to be reborn in her reading.- Times Literary Supplement -Helene Cixous: Authorship, Autobigraphy and Love provides an ideal way in to the fiction of Helene Cixous. Sellers's account of Cixous's complexities is refreshingly clear and accessible, while her insights are convincingly articulated.- Professor Whitford, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London -Sellers brings to Cixous, a notoriously difficult writer, an admirable lucidity of her own. She presents Cixous in a clear, comprehensible fashion and her choice of quotation is excellent, such that the book provides a wonderful taster for Cixous's work in general. Further, Sellers adopts a chronological approach that lays out Cixous's development without any distractions and provides very honestly her own reactions to Cixous's work, in a manner that intriguingly undercuts Cixous's own claims.- Nate News -This book offers an accessible, jargon-free introduction to Helene Cixous that is clearly aimed at a student market.- MLR -This book is essential reading as an introduction not only to Cixous' writing in all its facets - critical theory, plays, fiction - but to the whole area of writing in the feminine. With welcome clarity, but faithfulness to complexity, Sellers makes accessible -ecriture femine- and the gamut of dramatisations which occur across Cixous' oeuvre. Undergraduates and graduates alike will find this a springboard to an understanding of French feminism and a fine example of how to write well.- Forum for Modern Language Studies -Sellers' book operates best as a general introduction, differing from existing introductory studies, by not only following a particular trajectory in Cixous's work, but also including sustained analyses of her fiction and her writing for the theatre...The format Sellers chooses...brings welcome clarity to the complexity of Cixous's prolific oeuvre...Sellers has a thorough knowledge of Cixous's work and her readings do full justice to its richly connotative poetical language, to its themes which impact on personal, political and ethical issues, and to the open-ended nature of the texts wherein, to my mind, lies Cixous's real generosity as a writer.- -Feminist theory and practice will always be indebted to this book... Her evocative prose, her uncompromising political stand and her regard for the politics of difference...- Shelly Walia, Spectrum "The exceptional clarity of Sellers expositions are backed up by an unerring choice of the clearest and most approachable quotations from Cixous's work. Her ability to do this stems from her unrivalled knowledge of Cixous's work. She has done an excellent job of making a notoriously difficult writer accessible to undergraduates." Dr Elizabeth Fallaize, St. John's College, Oxford "A clear and scholarly introduction to the fiction and drama of France's foremost "poet-thinker" (to borrow Derrida's phrase). Using a novel approach for Polity's excellent Key Contemporary Thinkers series, Sellers concentrates primarily on Cixous's work in practice, and not in theory ... thus she offers an exposition of Cixous's (elusive) statements on ecriture feminine, which should itself prove useful to the uninitiated reader. Sellers remains appropriately dispassionate, yet she is an enthusiastic reader ... Sellers allows another Cixous, Cixous the author, to be reborn in her reading." Times Literary Supplement "Helene Cixous: Authorship, Autobigraphy and Love provides an ideal way in to the fiction of Helene Cixous. Sellers's account of Cixous's complexities is refreshingly clear and accessible, while her insights are convincingly articulated." Professor Whitford, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London "Sellers brings to Cixous, a notoriously difficult writer, an admirable lucidity of her own. She presents Cixous in a clear, comprehensible fashion and her choice of quotation is excellent, such that the book provides a wonderful taster for Cixous's work in general. Further, Sellers adopts a chronological approach that lays out Cixous's development without any distractions and provides very honestly her own reactions to Cixous's work, in a manner that intriguingly undercuts Cixous's own claims." Nate News "This book offers an accessible, jargon-free introduction to Helene Cixous that is clearly aimed at a student market." MLR "This book is essential reading as an introduction not only to Cixous' writing in all its facets - critical theory, plays, fiction - but to the whole area of writing in the feminine. With welcome clarity, but faithfulness to complexity, Sellers makes accessible "ecriture femine" and the gamut of dramatisations which occur across Cixous' oeuvre. Undergraduates and graduates alike will find this a springboard to an understanding of French feminism and a fine example of how to write well." Forum for Modern Language Studies "Sellers' book operates best as a general introduction, differing from existing introductory studies, by not only following a particular trajectory in Cixous's work, but also including sustained analyses of her fiction and her writing for the theatre...The format Sellers chooses...brings welcome clarity to the complexity of Cixous's prolific oeuvre...Sellers has a thorough knowledge of Cixous's work and her readings do full justice to its richly connotative poetical language, to its themes which impact on personal, political and ethical issues, and to the open-ended nature of the texts wherein, to my mind, lies Cixous's real generosity as a writer." "Feminist theory and practice will always be indebted to this book... Her evocative prose, her uncompromising political stand and her regard for the politics of difference..." Shelly Walia, Spectrumshow more

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