Cixous, Hélène: Further Reading

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Nordquist, Joan. French Feminist Theory. III, Luce Irigaray and Hélène Cixous: A Bibliography. Santa Cruz, Calif.: Reference and Research Services, 1996, 72 p.

Bibliography of French writers Cixous and Luce Irigaray.


Arens, Katherine. "From Caillois to 'The Laugh of the Medusa': Vectors of a Diagonal Science." Textual Practice 12, no. 2 (1998): 225-50.

Compares Jacques Derrida's, Michel Foucault's, and Jacques Lacan's theories with those of Cixous and examines Cixous's social and philosophical contributions to modern French thought.

Brown, Erella. "The Lake of Seduction: Body, Acting, and the Voice in Helene Cixous's Portrait de Dora." Modern Drama 39, no. 4 (winter 1996): 626-49.

Provides a detailed study of the subversive qualities that Portrait of Dora displays toward Freudian, male-centered psychoanalysis.

Cixous, Helene. "Sorties: Out and Out: Attacks/Ways Out/Forays," translated by Betsy Wing. In The Logic of the Gift, edited by Alan D. Schrift, pp. 148-73. New York: Routledge, 1997.

Discusses the theory of self-definition in social and literary endeavors by journeying toward the Other and embracing the Other, yet keeping one's own identity-working within the parameters of a system to change the system.

Davis, Robert Con. "Woman as Oppositional Reader: Cixous on Discourse." Papers on Language & Literature 24, no. 3 (summer 1988): 265-82.

Examines Cixous's role as an oppositional writer in "The Laugh of the Medusa," "Castration or Decapitation?" and "Sorties," investigating Cixous's theories of feminine/masculine discourse and analyzing supporting and contrasting opinions from feminist scholars.

Dykstra Hayes, Ned. "Whole 'Altarity': Toward a Feminist A/Theology." In Divine Aporia: Postmodern Conversations about the Other, edited by John C. Hawley, pp. 172-89. Cranbury, N.J.: Bucknell University Press, 2000.

Analyzes Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection, Mark C. Taylor's idea of altarity, male/female differences, using texts by Ntozake Shange, Lucille Clifton, and Cixous.

Penrod, Lynn. Hélène Cixous. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996, 176 p.

Examines Cixous's life and career and provides bibliographical material.

Sellers, Susan. Hélène Cixous: Authorship, Autobiography, and Love. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999, 191 p.

Studies Cixous's work and contains a bibliographical guide.

van der Poel, Ieme and Sophie Bertho, eds. Traveling Theory: France and the United States. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999, 177 p.

Contains a bibliographical guide along with a chapter titled "Hélène Cixous Across the Atlantic: The Medusa as Projection?"

Wilson, Emma. "Helene Cixous: An Erotics of the Feminine." In French Erotic Fiction: Women's Desiring Writing, 1880-1990, edited by Alex Hughes and Kate Ince, pp. 121-45. Oxford, England: Berg, 1996.

Underscores the sexuality of Cixous's writings. Wilson believes that Cixous's lesbian and bi-sexual themes are often overlooked in current criticism.


Additional coverage of Cixous's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 126; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 55, 123; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 92; Contemporary World Writers, Ed. 2; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 83, 242; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, Ed. 3; Feminist Writers; Gay & Lesbian Literature, Ed. 2; Literature Resource Center; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; and Twayne's World Authors.