Hélène Cixous is more than an influential theorist. She is also a groundbreaking author and playwright. Combining an idiosyncratic mix of autobiographical and fictional narrative with a host of philosophical and poetic observations, Cixous's writing matches the kaleidoscopic nature of her thought, offering new ways of conceptualizing sex, relationships, identity, and the self, among other topics.
Yet, as Jacques Derrida once observed, a "profound misunderstanding" hangs over the accomplishments of Cixous, with many believing the intellectual excelled only at theoretical exploration. Providing a truly liberal selection of her writings from throughout her career, Marta Segarra rediscovers Cixous's acts of invention for a new generation to enjoy. Divided into thematic concerns, these works fully capture Cixous's genius for merging fiction, theory, and the experience of living. They discuss dreaming in the feminine, Algeria and Germany, love and the other, the animal, Derrida, and the theater. They defy classification, locking literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis into thrilling new patterns of engagement. Whether readers are familiar with Cixous or are approaching her thought for the first time, all will find fresh perspectives on gender, fiction, drama, philosophy, religion, and the postcolonial.
Acknowledgments Hélène Cixous: Blood and Language 1 Writing and Dreaming the Feminine 1. The Laugh of the Medusa (1975) 2. Coming to Writing (1976) 3. Tales of Sexual Difference (1990) 2 The Origins: Algeria and Germany 4. A Real Garden (1971) 5. Osnabrück (1999) 6. Letter-Beings and Time (2007) 3 Love (and) the Other 7. Lemonade Everything Was So Infinite (1982) 8. Love of the Wolf (1994) 9. On February 12, I committed an Error (2005) 4 The Animal 10. Dedication to the Ostrich (1988) 11. Messiah (1996) 12. My Three-Legged Dog (2000) 5 Derrida 13. Second Skin (2001) 14. On Style (A Question to H. Cixous and J. Derrida) (2004) 15. Today (2006) 6 The Theater of Hélène Cixous: Re-memberings, Refashionings, and Revenants 16. The Name of Oedipus: Song of the Forbidden Body, Twelfth Movement (1979) 17. The Indiad or India of Their Dreams, Act 1, Scene 2 (1988) 18. Rouen, the Thirtieth Night of May '31, Vignette 4: The Trial (2001) 19. The Blindfolded Fiancée or Amelait, Scenes 5 and 6 (2004) Notes Select Bibliography Index