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Cixous's Semi-Fictions: Thinking at the Borders of Fiction

Mairéad Hanrahan


Hélène Cixous, author of over forty works of fiction, was deemed by Derrida to be the greatest living writer in French in 1990. Consistent with this evaluation, her writing is renowned for its dense poetical texture and lyricism. At the same time, she has been described by one of Derrida's translator's, Peggy Kamuf, as 'one of our age's greatest semi-theoreticians'. Connecting these two views, this book argues for a consideration of her texts as ‘semi-fictions’. Telling stories is, irreducibly, part of what Cixous does. But for Cixous fiction is not only the creation of an imaginary world; it ... More

Keywords: Cixous, Fiction, Theory, Poetic, Semi-fiction, Derrida

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748642281
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642281.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mairéad Hanrahan, author
University College London