Readings: The Poetics of Blanchot, Joyce, Kakfa, Kleist, Lispector, and Tsvetayeva

Cixous, Helene

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Synopsis: This book offers a series of striking textual studies of major literary figures and "emergent" authors. Written in an accessible, direct style the texts can be read as inspiration for Helen Cixous's fictional and critical practices. They not only introduce readers to writings from Brazil, Russia and Eastern Europe, they also give new, incisive insights into classic works such as Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist" and Kafka's "Before the Law". While the selection of texts reflects Cixous's ongoing concern with the origin of writing, with questions of love and the gift, and her insistence on pleasure, they also reveal her interest in problems of history. The juxtaposition of texts across centuries and national boundaires opens up exciting possibilities of multiple and fluid readings. Drawing on philosophy and psychoanalysis, this volume of readings can be read side by side with "Reading With Clarice Lispector" as an ongoing meditation on ethics and poetics.

From Library Journal: Well known here as well as at home in France as a leader in the feminist intellectual movement, Cixous exhibits thought and writing strong enough to make Readings --the transcription of seminar notes--both readable and highly informative. Cixous's admiration for Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector places her work at the center of this comparative analysis, but the other writers of the title (as well as Kleist and Celan) receive fair illumination by her reading lamp. This volume's specialist orientation requires scholarly readers, but those in several fields--literature, history, and the social sciences--will be well served by acquainting themselves with it. See also Cixous's "Coming to Writing" and Other Essays , reviewed above.--Ed.
- Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., Cal.
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