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Hélène Cixous, a French writer and academic, is best known to English-speaking audiences as a literary critic associated with French feminism of the 1970s and 80s, and as proponent of 'écriture féminine'. She herself does not respect the distinctions between fiction, criticism, poetry, memoir, and other genres, and often blurs and blends them. Her writing "set[s] up a relation of rivalry between poetry and theory" Bibliographic Citation link. —though she engages with the ideas of deconstructionist thinkers such as Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan, poetic freedom is, for her, ultimately the most important consideration. She is a prolific writer of fiction (ten novels alone), drama and poetry, as well as criticism and memoirs, mostly in French. Only a selection of her most important works is treated here.
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5 June 1937 HC was born in Oran, Algeria, to Eva Cixous (born Klein) and Georges Cixous, the elder of their two children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1975 HC's work La Jeune née, jointly authored with Catherine Clément, was published; it was translated into English in 1986. Bibliographic Citation link.
1975 HC published her essay "La Rire de la Méduse" in the journal L'Arc. It arrived in English before her other works, as a translated version appeared in the journal Signs in 1976. Bibliographic Citation link.
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