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Poststructuralism and PostcolonialityThe Anxiety of Theory$
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Jane Hiddleston

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312304

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316166

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In or Out? The Dislocations of Hélène Cixous

In or Out? The Dislocations of Hélène Cixous

(p.47) Chapter 2 In or Out? The Dislocations of Hélène Cixous
Poststructuralism and Postcoloniality
Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses Hélène Cixous's disjunctions and displacements across three types of material in her corpus. First, Cixous's most famous theoretical works, ‘Sorties’ and the original ‘Le Rire de la Méduse’, reveal the instabilities of ‘theory’ as a genre. In their profusion, wordplay, and chaotic structure, the essays already blur boundaries between poetry and analysis, between creative writing and philosophy. Second, Cixous's eclectic autobiographical writing is also the scene of an exploration of the writing persona's relationship with Algeria in Photos de racines, Les rêveries de la femme sauvage, and some of the more recent essays. The final section of the chapter discusses Cixous's reading relations, in particular her prolonged and intense engagement with the work of Jacques Derrida.

Keywords:   Sorties, Rire de Méduse, autobiographical writing, Algeria, essays, reading relations, Jacques Derrida

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