White Ink

Interviews on Sex, Text, and Politics

Hélène Cixous and Susan Sellers

Columbia University Press

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Pub Date: November 2008

ISBN: 9780231147774

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White Ink

Interviews on Sex, Text, and Politics

Hélène Cixous and Susan Sellers

Columbia University Press

These interviews with Hélène Cixous offer invaluable insight into her philosophy and criticism. Culled from newspapers, journals, and books, White Ink collects the best of these conversations, which address the major concerns of Cixous's critical work and features two dialogues with twentieth-century intellectuals Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida.

The interviews in White Ink span more than three decades and include a new conversation with Susan Sellers, the book's editor and a leading Cixous scholar and translator. Cixous discusses her work and writing process. She shares her views on literature, feminism, theater, autobiography, philosophy, politics, aesthetics, religion, ethics, and human relations, and she reflects on her roles as poet, playwright, professor, woman, Jew, and, her most famous, "French feminist theorist." Sellers organizes White Ink in such a way that readers can grasp the development of Cixous's commentary on a series of vital questions. Taken together, the revealing performances in White Ink provide an excellent introduction this thinker's brave and vital work—each one an event in language and thought that epitomizes Cixous's intellectual and poetic force.

Everything that concerns Hélène Cixous is of interest. To my knowledge, there exists no other volume quite like this one. These interviews reveal the different aspects of Cixous's work with its underlying insistence on writing itself.

Verena Conley, Harvard University
Feminine Writing
Liberating Women
Writing and Politics
Writing the Enigma
Writing, Demons, and God
Writing for the Theater
Genesis of the Text
Autobiography
On Race
On Painting, Music, and Poetic Memory
Dialogue 1: With Michel Foucault
Dialogue 2: With Jacques Derrida
And the Future
Bibliographies

About the Author

Hélène Cixous is professor of literature at the Université de Paris VIII. She is the author of Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint, Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing (both published by Columbia University Press), and other works of fiction, essays, and plays.

Susan Sellers is professor of English and related literature at the University of St. Andrews. She is the editor of The Hélène Cixous Reader and author of Hélène Cixous: Authorship, Autobiography, and Love and Hélène Cixous: Live Theory.