. 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
—though she engages with the ideas of deconstructionist thinkers such as
, 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.
, 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