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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Helene Cixous

Writing and Sexual Difference

ISBN 9780333922392
Publication Date March 2004
Formats Hardcover Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
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Abigail Bray offers a lucid and accessible introduction to Hélène Cixous's major philosophical and literary concepts and carefully explains the critical relevance of her theorisation of writing and sexual difference. Bray provides original and provocative readings of texts by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Clarice Lispector and Angela Carter in order to explore the creative potential of Cixous's thought on literature and philosophy. The book also explores the thinker's unique approach to the ethics of sexual difference, postmodern theories of desire, queer theory, nonhuman subjectivity, ecofeminism, cybersex, virtuality, embodiment and radical materialism.

ABIGAIL BRAY is Honorary Research Fellow at Murdoch University. She has published articles on feminist theory and philosophy.

General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: WRITING AND SEXUAL DIFFERENCE
Poetry and Politics: Cixous and her Critics
The Major Concepts
PART II: UNDOING THE LAW
Feminine Writing and Sexual Difference: James Joyce
The Moment of the Third Body: Virginia Woolf and The Waves
Libidinal Education: Lispector and Cixous
The Question of Transgression: Angela Carter
PART III: WRITING, THEORY, AND BEYOND
Where Do We Go From Here? (Moving Towards Freedom)
Notes
Annotated Bibliography
Bibliography
Index

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'Bray's introduction to Cixous is brilliantly researched, lucid, engaging and thorough. More than an introduction to Cixous, it provides a remarkable overview of some of the key issues in feminist and cultural theory.' - Claire Colebrook, University of Edinburgh
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