In this essay I examine Helne Cixous’s readings andfigurings of women in colonial In “Sorties,” a key essay in La jeune nee (Cixous ) Helene Cixous . Feminism Essay by Helene Cixous “Sorties” Feminist literary theory is a Cixous ‘ other argument in the main part of her essay is about the masculine future. Hélène Cixous is a professor, French feminist writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, literary critic and rhetorician. Cixous is best known for her article ” The Laugh.

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Oxford University Press, Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud established the initial theories which would serve as a basis for some of Cixous’ arguments in developmental psychology.

Cixous refers to even male authors like Joyce and Jean Genet as writing this kind of ecriture feminine.

Retrieved 1 November Retrieved 10 June Cixous and Luce Irigaray combined Derrida’s logocentric idea and Lacan’s symbol for desire, creating the term phallogocentrism. Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition. Before attempting to answer these questions, I would like to consider one final text which is also notable for its use of the image of the bed. Views Read Edit View history. A major zorties in contemporary feminist critical theory, Cixous is known for works that analyze and attempt to counter Western culture’s traditional concepts of male and female.

If we overlook the pervasive influence of such fairy tales within our literary and cultural history, this essay warns, we run the risk of letting their seductive but dangerous fantasies turn into an inescapable reality. From calling for the need for women to be awoken from their silent slumbers to suggesting that they should instead be encouraged to delve deeper into the nocturnal world of their dreams, Cixous seems to be proposing yet another message in this essay.


Kuhn also notes that while Cixous simply attacks male-centered theories of language in this essay, her later works offer an alternative Ecofeminism Feminist method Hegemonic masculinity Women’s history Women’s heelene.

A Dictionary of Critical Theory. Columbia University Press,p.

Hélène Cixous

It is not possible not to notice that there is no place whatsoever for women in the calculations. Through deconstructionDerrida employed the term logocentrism which was not his coinage.

Los Angeles Review of Books. These essays deal variously with the concept of the “unified subject,” or the individual’s sense of being or “possessing” a distinct, whole personality.

The following entry presents criticism on Cixous’s critical works through The point that Cixous is trying to make here is that the feminine has traditionally been associated with the latter half of these dichotomies, in other words, the inferior side.

According to Verena Andermatt Conley, in this work Cixous “traces the origin of women’s writing to the mother’s voice and body. In “The Laugh of the Medusa” Cixous argues, following many theorists, that this masculine view of women as “lacking” has broad social and political implications and manifestations. Through their readings of various historical, literary, and psychoanalytical texts, the two explore the role played by language in determining women’s secondary place in society.

Like other poststructuralist feminist theorists, Cixous believes that our sexuality is directly tied to how we communicate in society.

Sleep(less) Beds: Journeys Beyond the Bed with Helene Cixous

If you love them, each woman adds herself to you, and you become morewoman [sic] p. Rather than assuming that dreaming is an act which takes place exclusively within the bed, Cixous implies that in order to travel towards the depths of the unconscious one must descend below the bed as dorties.


Journal of Women in Culture and SocietyVol. Harvard University Press,p. She has published widely, including twenty-three volumes of poems, six books of essays, five plays, and numerous influential articles. This book contains an In order for him to do this successfully, however, the only position which the woman can occupy in the narrative is one of passivity in which she must obediently reflect, follow, and fulfil the call of male desire.

Cixous has taught at various universities in France, including the University of Paris, the Sorbonne, and the University of Bordeaux; she has also been a visiting professor at such institutions as Yale University, Columbia University, and Dartmouth College.

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A fuller analysis of the figure of Medusa within feminist critiques of psychoanalysis can be found in: Toril Moi has stated: Could the bed in fact come to represent the playground for sortiez creative voices of the unconscious, rather than the scene of their silencing? Others argue, like Moi, that Cixous’s work is expansive rather than reductive and “seems to displace the whole problem of women and writing away from an empiricist emphasis on the sex of the author towards an analysis of the articulations cidous sexuality and desire within literary text itself.