White Ink
Interviews on Sex, Text and Politics
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Author(s): Helene Cixous  
Editor(s): Susan Sellers  
ISBN: 1844651371
ISBN-13: 9781844651375
Publication Date: 30/08/2008
Pages: 224 (234 x 156mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £14.99
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Hélène Cixous is widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential feminist writers and thinkers. White Ink brings together her most revealing interviews. Spanning over four decades and including a new interview with the editor Susan Sellers, this collection presents a brilliant, running commentary on the subjects at the heart of Cixous’s writing. Here, Cixous discusses her books and her creative process, her views on and insights into literature, philosophy, theatre, politics, aesthetics, faith and ethics, human relations and the state of the world. As she responds to interviewers’ questions, Cixous is prompted to reflect on her roles and activities as poet, playwright, feminist theorist, professor of literature, philosopher, woman, Jew. Each interview is a remarkable performance, an event in language and thought where Hélène Cixous’s celebrated intellectual and poetic force can be witnessed “in action”. The accessibility of the interview format provides an excellent starting-point for readers new to Cixous, while those already familiar with her work will find unexpected insights and fresh elucidations of her thought.

"Everything that concerns Hélène Cixous is of interest. To my knowledge, there exists no other volume quite like this one. These interviews reveal the different aspects of Cixous's work with its underlying insistence on writing itself." – Verena Conley, Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Hélène Cixous was for many years Director of the Centre d’Etudes Féminines at the University of Paris VIII. Susan Sellers is Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of St Andrews.

Editor’s note
Preface: On being interviewed
Part I: Writing the enigma
1. The play of fiction
2. The novel today
3. Literature suspends death
4. In the beginnings, there were many
Part II: Writing the feminine
5. When I do not write, it is as if I had died
6. My text is written in white and black, in “milk and night”
Part III: Writing and politics
7. Guardian of language
8. Against the emotion of history
Part IV: Writing and theatre
9. The author between text and theatre
Part V: Writing roots
10. Language is the only refuge
11. Being a Jewish woman is the ideal place
Part VI: On painting, music and nature
12. You race towards that secret, which escapes
13. We must hand our inheritance on
Part VII: Dialogues
14. On Marguerite Duras, with Michel Foucault
15. From the word to life, with Jacques Derrida
Envoi: But the Earth still turns, and not as badly as all that 
Bibliography of Hélène Cixous’s works

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