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Helene Cixous and Eric Prenowitz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639038

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639038.001.0001

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Introduction: Cixousian Gambols

Introduction: Cixousian Gambols

(p.1) Introduction: Cixousian Gambols
Volleys of Humanity

Eric Prenowitz

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces Hélène Cixous, a known authority in the world of politics, of so-called feminist theory, of theatre, and of literature. It discusses Jacques Derrida's readings of Cixous' work and determines how to read and resist her work in modern times. It shows how to look into Cixous' work for more insight on French feminist theory. The discussion also studies cixousian ‘language’, the differentiation between the various genres of her work and writing, and the selection of her essays for this book. The chapter also considers Derrida's prediction that Cixous' work would continue to be read in the future.

Keywords:   Hélène Cixous, Jacques Derrida, French feminist theory, readings, cixousian language, genres, essay selection

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