Hélène Cixous Reader (Susan Sellers) pdf, epub, doc

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This collection of writings isn't explicitly feminist, though intentionally feminine. It ranges from essays, to short stories, to poetry, to philosophy of a kind. Cixous is a challenging read. A friend of Derrida, she is constantly deconstructing even her own points, even as she makes them. These works are translated from the original french, and the introduction to the book points out that much has been lost in translation. Many of these works aren't complete, either.

Nevertheless, she writes beautifully and her grasp of the human condition is often profound. Based in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the texture of the french language itself, her writing is rich in metaphor, and is spiritual to a degree.

"A subject is at least a thousand people. This is why I never ask myself 'who am I?' (qui suis-je?) I ask myself 'who are I?' ...We are all this numerous and coalescent personality... I ask myself, but I do not answer myself. Pure I, identical to I-self, does not exist. I is always in difference."

"The gods themselves are part of us."

Reading Cixous can feel like going far off into the weeds sometimes. The further into this collection, the more poetic, subjective, and oftentimes indecipherable. I highly recommend the first few essays. I also recommend her essay, not included here, called Laugh of the Medusa, which is easy to find online.

Ultimately I wasn't able to finish this book. I got a lot out of about half of these writings, but found a few of them too difficult to get through. Other things drew me away and prevented me from really giving the time this book deserved before its rental period ran out.

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  • Publisher:Routledge
  • File: 6.2 Mb
  • Ganre: Non Fiction
  • Release: 02.09.1994
  • ISBN: 9780415049306
  • Pages 272
  • Rating: 4.28 (80 votes)

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