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Hélène Cixous

Dreamer, realist, analyst, writing

By Nicholas Royle

Hélène Cixous

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4066-1
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: July 2020
  • BIC Category: PHILOSOPHY / Individual Philosophers, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, Humanities / Philosophy, Literature & literary studies / Literary theory, Literature & literary studies / General, Literature

Description

This book provides a wide-ranging and up-to-date critical introduction to the writings of Hélène Cixous (1937-), focusing on key motifs, such as dreams, the supernatural, literature, psychoanalysis, creative writing, realism, sexual differences, laughter, secrets, the 'Mother unconscious', drawing, painting, life writing, telephones, non-human animals, telepathy and the 'art of cutting'. There are close readings of Shakespeare, Brontë, Shelley, Poe, Carroll, Freud, Woolf, Joyce, Beckett and Derrida, for example, alongside in-depth explorations of her own writings, from Inside (1969) and 'The Laugh of the Medusa' (1975) up to the present. Royle's book will be useful to students and academics coming to Cixous's work for the first time, but it will also appeal to readers interested in contemporary literature, creative writing, life writing, narrative theory, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, trauma studies, feminism, queer theory, ecology, drawing and painting.

Contents

Introduction
Cixous Cuts 1
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Three Words for Cixous
Cixous Cuts 2
Dream in Literature
Away
Cixous Cuts 3
Portmanteau
Cixous Cuts 4
To Awake, Shakespeare of the Night
Dream Treatment: On Sitting Down to Read a Letter from Freud
Cixous Cuts 5
Side Thinking
All wards

Author

Nicholas Royle is Professor of English at the University of Sussex

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