Volleys of Humanity

Essays 1972–2009

Hélène Cixous
Edited by Eric Prenowitz

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A new collection from one of the most famous and influential French theorists

These 15 essays – 6 previously unpublished even in French and 5 published in English for the first time – span nearly 40 years of Cixous’ writing. Here, she ranges over literature, philosophy, politics and culture in what she calls her ‘autobibliography’.

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A Note on the TextsSeries Editor's PrefaceIntroduction: Cixousian Gambols By Eric Prenowitz1. Fiction and its Phantoms: A Reading of Freud's Das Unheimliche2. The Character of 'Character'3. Re Egg-gendring in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake or how Joyce makes us (s)cream with laughter4. The Pleasure Reinciple or Paradox Lost5. Reaching the Point of Wheat, or A Portrait of the Artist as a Maturing Woman6. Letter to Zohra Drif7. The Names of Oran8. The Book as One of Its Own Characters9. How Not to Speak of Algeria10. The Oklahoma Nature Theatre is Recruiting11. The Book I Don't Write12. The Unforeseeable13. Passion Michel Foucault14. Promised Cities15. Volleys of HumanityAcknowledgementsIndex
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.

Eric Prenowitz is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. He is an acclaimed reader and translator of both Hélène Cixous and Jacques Derrida. Recent publications include special editions of parallax and New Literary History on the work of Hélène Cixous, and 'Rêvécrire', in Rêver croire penser, CampagnePremière, 2010.

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