Hélène Cixous, Jacques Derrida
Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous are two of the world’s most celebrated figures in the fields of philosophy and literature. Both occupy crucial positions in European thought, and share a common experience of a childhood in Algeria, although they only met in Paris in 1962.
Close friends ever since, their writing has often drawn parallels to each other’s work. In this unique session, in front of an audience of 900, they discussed the shared cultural and religious heritage of their formative years, not Algerian, rejected by France, their Jewishness concealed or acculturated and the impact it had on them.
Hélène Cixous the french writer and academic, was born in Algeria and is a notable founder of poststructuralist feminist theory. Her writing transcends the apparent boundaries between fiction, criticism, poetry and memoir and other genres.
Jacques Derrida is Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales in Paris. His most recent publications include Monolingualism of the Other (1998), The Politics of Friendship (1997), On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness (2001), Without Alibi (2002) and Philosophy in a Time of Terror (2003). His latest work on Cixous is H.C., pour la vie, c\'est à dire (2002).