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Poetry in Painting

Writings on Contemporary Arts and Aesthetics

Hélène Cixous
Edited by Marta Segarra, Joana Masó

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The first book by Hélène Cixous on painting and the contemporary arts

This collection gathers most of Hélène Cixous' texts devoted to contemporary artists, such as the painter Nancy Spero, the photographer Andres Serrano, the visual artist Roni Horn, the fashion designer Sonia Rykiel and the choreographer Karine Saporta, among others. The artworks belong to different genres and media - photography, painting, installations, film, choreography and fashion design - while the commentaries all deal with some of Hélène Cixous' privileged themes: exile, war, violence (against women) and exclusion, as well as love, memory, beauty and tenderness.

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0. "Hélène Cixous, in Art as in Dreams", Joana Masó and Marta Segarra
1. "Paintings"
2. "Spero's Dissidances"
3. "Ernest's Imagic"
4. "See the Neverbeforeseen"
5. "Portraits of Portraits. The Very Day/Light of Roni Horn"
6. "K-A Notebook"
7. "Shit, No Present: Faecetious Serrrano"
8. "Inheriting/Inventing with Jeffrey Gibson"
9. "Filming the Invisible Becoming"
10. "Sonia Rykiel in Translation"
11. "The Train Stop, or Anna's Resurrections".

About the Author

Hélène Cixous is Director of the Centre d'Études Féminines at Université Paris VIII, Emerita. one of the foremost intellectuals and creative writers in France and a major figure in the emergence and global spread of postmodern literary theory, late-20th-century Continental Thought and Women's Studies. She is the author of more than 40 novels, 14 plays and 15 volumes of theory and essays. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages, including Japanese, Korean, Hindi and Urdu.

Marta Segarra is Professor of French literature and Gender Studies, and director of the Centre Women and Literature at the University of Barcelona (Spain). She specializes in French and Francophone contemporary literature, deconstruction and feminist theory, and postcolonial studies. Her most recent books are: Demenageries. Thinking (of) Animals after Derrida (co-ed. A.E. Berger, 2011), Nouvelles romancières francophones du Maghreb (2010), The Portable Cixous (ed., 2010), Traces du désir (2008).

Joana Masó is Assistant Professor at the University of Barcelona and Associate Scholar at the Centre Women and Literature. She has translated into Spanish texts by Hélène Cixous, Jacques Derrida, Catherine Malabou, Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Luc Nancy. She has edited the following books on or by Hélène Cixous: Cixous sous X (with M.-D. Garnier, 2010), Peinetures. Écrits sur l'art (with M. Segarra, Paris, 2010) and its Spanish translation, Poetas en pintura. Escritos sobre arte de Rembrandt a Nancy Spero (2010) and La llengua m'és l'únic refugi (ed., 2009).


An important collection of essays on art by one of France's leading writers and literary figures.
- Mairéad Hanrahan, Department of French, University College London
It will likely surprise and delight English readers to realize the extent of Cixous' engagement with contemporary arts, in particular painting, photography and film, one that has been frequent, sustained and especially intense over the last few years.
- Peggy Kamuf, Department of French, University of Southern California

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