H. C. for Life, That Is to Say...

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“H.C. for Life, That Is to Say… represents a vigorous volley within the series produced by the mutual provocation society of Hélène Cixous and Jacques Derrida. The particular provocation here--even more moving now that Derrida has gone--is his insistence that they fall on one side or the other of the question of life and death. She is for life, whereas for him one always dies in the end. Veritably incited, however, by Cixous' work, Derrida cannot avoid writing for her, on her side; and he cannot avoid provoking,...
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“H.C. for Life, That Is to Say… represents a vigorous volley within the series produced by the mutual provocation society of Hélène Cixous and Jacques Derrida. The particular provocation here--even more moving now that Derrida has gone--is his insistence that they fall on one side or the other of the question of life and death. She is for life, whereas for him one always dies in the end. Veritably incited, however, by Cixous' work, Derrida cannot avoid writing for her, on her side; and he cannot avoid provoking, in the sense of writing on behalf of, or on the side of her voice, reading and citing at length, playing off the polyphonic effects of a poetics that he considers to be among ‘the most powerful and the most engaged in thinking in the history of literature.’”—Gary Wills, University at Albany-SUNY
"Because Hélene Cixous (the H.C. of the title) has a genius for making language speak and because no one knew better than Derrida how to mine the secret's of Cixous's profoundly complex and beguiling prose, this volume stands out as exceptional."—CHOICE
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"H.C. for Life, That Is to Say represents a vigorous volley within the series produced by the mutual provocation society of Hélène Cixous and Jacques Derrida. The particular provocation here--even more moving now that Derrida has gone--is his insistence that they fall on one side or the other of the question of life and death. She is for life, whereas for him one always dies in the end. Veritably incited, however, by Cixous' work, Derrida cannot avoid writing for her, on her side; and he cannot avoid provoking, in the sense of writing on behalf of, or on the side of her voice, reading and citing at length, playing off the polyphonic effects of a poetics that he considers to be among 'the most powerful and the most engaged in thinking in the history of literature.'"—Gary Wills, University at Albany-SUNY

"Because Hélene Cixous (the H.C. of the title) has a genius for making language speak and because no one knew better than Derrida how to mine the secret's of Cixous's profoundly complex and beguiling prose, this volume stands out as exceptional."—CHOICE

"H.C. for Life is, to be sure, a more than worthy homage to Cixous, all 173 pages of it, an homage that will incite the reader to read and reread the entirety of Cixous' difficult though fascinating and unique corpus. In this work, Derrida pays homage to the rich and powerful work of Hélene Cixous by rethinking the very concept of life in relationship to power, death, literature, and so on." —symploke

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  • ISBN-13: 9780804754026
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/24/2006
  • Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. Among the most recent of his many books to have been translated into English are Paper Machine (2005), On Touching—Jean-Luc Nancy (2005), Rogues (2005), Eyes of the University (2004), For What Tomorrow... with Elisabeth Roudinesco (2004), Counterpath with Catherine Malabou (2004), Negotiations (2002), Who's Afraid of Philosophy? (2002), and Without Alibi (2002). All of these have been published by Stanford University Press.
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