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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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The Book as One of Its Own Characters

The Book as One of Its Own Characters

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(p.125) Chapter 8 The Book as One of Its Own Characters
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Volleys of Humanity
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Hélène Cixous

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639038.003.0009

This chapter shows how books can become characters in books. It views books as not only writing, but also as a weapon, a misdeed, and a struggle against memory. It first considers the things that can be found in ‘books’, the function of sentences, and where books come from. It then examines the theatre of the book and the letters found in certain books. Finally, the chapter discusses the idea of books that have been ‘denied’, or books that authors have refused to write.

Keywords:   books, characters, function of sentences, theatre of the book, letters, denied books

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