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The Poetics of Blanchot, Joyce, Kakfa, Kleist, Lispector, and Tsvetayeva

1991
Author:

Helene Cixous
Verena Andermatt Conley, editor
Translated by Verena Andermatt Conley
Introduction by Verena Andermatt Conley

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A leader in the feminist intellectual movement, Cixous presents this highly informative meditation on ethics and poetics which draws on philosophy and psychoanalysis.

A leader in the feminist intellectual movement, Cixous presents this highly informative meditation on ethics and poetics which draws on philosophy and psychoanalysis.

Well known here as well as at home in France as a leader in the feminist intellectual movement, Cixous exhibits thought and writing strong enough to make Readings both readable and highly informative…those in several fields-literature, history, and the social science

will be well served by acquainting themselves with [the book].” Library Journal

Readings: The Poetics of Blanchot, Joyce, Kafka, Kleist, Lispector, and Tsvetayeva offers striking and novel textual studies of major literary figures and emergent authors. Selected from Cixous’s seminars taught between 1980 and 1986 at the Universite de Paris VII (Saint-Denis) and at the College International de Philosophie, the texts chronicle the French intellectual scene with its shifting tastes over the decade following May 1986.

In their simple and accessible language, the texts can be read as inspiration for Cixous’s fictional and critical practices. They not only introduce readers to emergent texts from Brazil and Russia, such as Clarice Lispector’s “Foreign Legion” and Marina Tsvetayeva’s “Mother and Music,” but also give new, incisive insights into Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist and Kafka’s “Before the Law.” Drawing from philosophy and psychoanalysis, Readings: The Poetics of Blanchot, Joyce, Kafka, Kleist, Lispector, and Tsvetayeva can be read side-by-side with Reading with Clarice Lispector, as an ongoing meditation on ethics and poetics.

Also from Minnesota
Reading with Clarice Lispector
Helene Cixous
Edited, translated, and introduced by Verena Andermatt Conley

For Cixous, Lispector’s work represents one of the finest examples of ecriture feminine in that she practices, in writing, what Cixous is searching for in her theoretical practice: the giving, spending, and inscribing of pleasure; an apprenticeship in the lessons of life.

Theory and History of Literature, volume 73

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Helene Cixous chairs the Center of Research in Feminine Studies at the Universite de Paris VII (Saint-Denis). A prolific author, her works have been translated into Danish, German, and English. Verena Andermatt Conley is professor of French and women’s studies at Miami University at Ohio. She is the author of Helene Cixous: Writing the Feminine.

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Well known here as well as at home in France as a leader in the feminist intellectual movement, Cixous exhibits thought and writing strong enough to make Readings both readable and highly informative…those in several fields-literature, history, and the social science

will be well served by acquainting themselves with [the book].” Library Journal