Hélène Cixous

  • L´individu que je suis est en état de réponse à la peinture. Je ne peins pas, mais au moment où je dis « je ne peins pas », je dis une chose qui est vraie mais je pourrais aussi la déplacer en disant que si je peins, c´est autrement. Au moment où je dis cela, je ne peux pas m´empêcher de commencer à peindre autrement, de me dire que je serai entraînée par le signifiant « peint », « peine », « pain », « paint », donc que j´associerai « peins » et « peine ». Je le sais par ouï-dire, il y a peine à créer artistiquement, en particulier en peinture. Nous avons des témoignages nombreux de la peine des peintres. De leur façon d´être à la peine, à la peinture et à la peine. Il y a des exemples extrêmement notoires, le peintre à la peine le plus notoire étant probablement Van Gogh... Mais je pense que c´est un trait de peinture, que cette espèce de combat, d´affres, qui font peineture. - Hélène Cixous.

  • A new collection from one of the most famous and influential French theorists. These 15 essays - 6 previously unpublished even in French and 5 published in English for the first time - span nearly 40 years of Cixous' writing. Here, she ranges over literature, philosophy, politics and culture in what she calls her 'autobibliography'.

  • "Exciting, passionate writing. A refusal to mourn her very close friend Derrida's death, it begins with a telling of a dream in which Derrida and Cixous feature as footballing mice." Tom Boncza-Tomaszewski, The Independent.
    In 2003 Derrida had promised to attend a colloquium on 'Reading Cixous and Derrida Reading Each Other/Themselves'. His untimely death in 2004 meant that it was, as Cixous writes, 'Impossible to keep one's word on this subject.' Insister of Jacques Derrida is Cixous' poignant and compelling response to his unfulfilled promise and a moving tribute to the colleague, collaborator and friend with whom she created some of the most memorable meditations on literature and philosophy of the last century. Written in lucid, poetic style, Cixous uses powerful and evocative recollections to closely read, explicate and speculate on their intensely productive relationship as well as on Derrida's legacy, demonstrating the profound commitment that formed the cornerstone of both their friendship and their life's works.

  • The first book by Helene Cixous on painting and the contemporary arts. This collection gathers most of Helene Cixous' texts devoted to contemporary artists, such as the painter Nancy Spero, the photographer Andres Serrano, the visual artist Roni Horn, the fashion designer Sonia Rykiel and the choreographer Karine Saporta, among others. The artworks belong to different genres and media - photography, painting, installations, film, choreography and fashion design - while the commentaries all deal with some of Helene Cixous' privileged themes: exile, war, violence (against women) and exclusion, as well as love, memory, beauty and tenderness.Neither art criticism nor a collection of critical essays, Helene Cixous responds to these artworks as a poet, reading them as if they were poems. Written between 1985 and 2010, most of these essays are unpublished in English, or published only in rare catalogues or art books.