Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing / Edition 1

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Overview

Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing is a poetic, insightful, and ultimately moving exploration of 'the strange science of writing.' In a magnetic, irresistible narrative, Cixous reflects on the writing process and explores three distinct areas essential for 'great' writing: The School of the Dead — the notion that something or someone must die in order for good writing to be born; The School of Dreams — the crucial role dreams play in literary inspiration and output; and The School of Roots — the importance of depth in the 'nether realms' in all aspects of writing.

Cixous's love of language and passion for the written word is evident on every page. Her emotive style draws heavily on the writers she most admires: the Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector, the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, the Austrian novelists Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard, Dostoyevsky and, most of all, Kafka.

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Editorial Reviews

Jacques Derrida
Hélène Cixous is today, in my view, the greatest writer in what I will call my language, the French language if you like. And I am weighing my words as I say that. For a great writer must be a poet-thinker, very much a poet and a very thinking poet.
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The text of three lectures, delivered in May 1990, entitled The School of the Dead, The School of Dreams and The School of Roots. In them, Cixous reflects on three elements--the notion that good writing is born from a death, the inspirational role of dreams, and the importance of depth and the "nether realms"--she finds essential for great writing. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231076593
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/1994
  • Series: Wellek Library Lectures Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 1,399,823
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Helene Cixous has published more than thirty works of fiction, plays, and essays. Her recent books translated into English include 'Coming to Writing' and Other Essays; Inside; The Exile of James Joyce; Portrait of Dora; The Newly Born Woman; and Reading with Clarice Lispector.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

The School of the DeadThe School of DreamsThe School of RootsNotes

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