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Hélène Cixous

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.
The Language of Others: 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 r...
Hélène Cixous, one of France’s foremost intellectuals, spoke to writer and literary critic Nicholas Royle. They considered “Judeities”, a word and notion in the plural, favoured by Jacques Derrida over the more conventional terms “Judaism” and “Jewishness”. Together, they reflected on the multiple political and poetical stakes of this neologism. The discussion was informed by Hélène Cixous’s recently translated novels, Love Itselfand Hyperdream, as well as by her cu...