Hélène Cixous is one of the most brilliant and radical of contemporary theorists. This is the first publication in any language of Cixous' own Notebooks, illustrating the concept of "écriture féminine" and offering new insights into Cixous' theoretical insistence on writing and her own practice as a writer.
Cixous' Notebooks exemplify how writing creates unique possibilities for circumventing the mistruths that shape us as subjects and which organize our relations with the world.
The Writing Notebooks opens with an introduction which outlines the central points of Cixous' notion of writing. The main body of the work is comprised of 60 photographic extracts from the Notebooks, each extract accompanied by editorial annotation and a translation into English. The book concludes with a new interview with Cixous on the value of the Notebooks, the process of writing and her own fiction.
Cixous' Notebooks will be invaluable to students of literature, psychoanalysis, philosophy and feminism.
About the Author
Hélène Cixous is Professor of Literature at the University of Paris VIII.
Susan Sellers is Professor of English and Related Literature, University of St Andrews.